Indonesian Navy KRI Gusti Ngurah Rai SIGMA 10514-Class Guided Missile Frigates
Indonesian Navy KRI Gusti Ngurah Rai SIGMA 10514-Class Guided Missile Frigates

Indonesian Navy Frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332) Conducts Gunnery Exercise at RIMPAC

After departing from Pearl Harbor on July 12, 2022, Indonesian Navy Frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332), along with warships from other participating countries, began carrying out sea phase exercises in the Pacific Ocean as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022, the world’s largest maritime exercise. During the exercise, KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332) had the opportunity to practice firing cannons on July 16 and 19. The 76 mm guns successfully fired 15 rounds of ammunition and 20 rounds of ammunition, respectively. After departing from Pearl Harbor on July 12, 2022, Indonesian Navy frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332) along with warships from other participating countries began carrying out sea phase exercises in the Pacific Ocean.

 Indonesian Navy frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332) fires its 76 mm cannon during a gunnery exercise as part of Rim of The Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.
Indonesian Navy frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332) fires its 76 mm cannon during a gunnery exercise as part of Rim of The Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. (Indonesian Navy photo by Ensign Ariz Pama)

During the exercise, KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332) has the opportunity to practice firing cannons on 16 and 19 July 2022. The 76 mm guns successfully fired 15 rounds of ammunition and 20 rounds of ammunition, respectively. The sea phase of RIMPAC 2022 is divided into three stages with a total of 21 shipping days. The first stage is Force Integration Training or FIT, the second stage is Advanced FIT which includes Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise (TASWEX) and War At Sea Exercise (WASEX) evolutions, and the third stage is tactical or free play. This stage is designed in the form of crawl, walk and run, wherein each of these stages, all elements will carry out exercises from the basic (crawl), intermediate (walk) and advanced (run) stages.

Indonesian Navy Sailors conduct a gunnery exercise during Rim of The Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. (Indonesian Navy photo by Ensign Ariz Pama)

During the FIT Phase, the Task Force, which was commanded by Capt. Lewis N. Nainggolan, carried out tactical exercises in the training area controlled by the Commander Task Force (CTF) 176 Expeditionary Strike Group. Under Commander Task Group (CTG) 176.3 and entered into Task Unit (TU) 176.3.1. In the midst of the FIT Phase, KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332) was trusted to carry out the task as Commander Task Unit (CTU) 176.3.1 replacing RSS Intrepid Singapore. At this stage, KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai-332 also carried out replenishment at sea (RAS), with USNS Henry J. Kaiser on July 13, and with USNS Pecos on July 19.

An Indonesian Navy sailor measures target distance during a gunnery exercise as part of Rim of The Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. (Indonesian Navy photo by Ensign Ariz Pama)

The involvement of the Navy in the RIMPAC is one of the programs between Indonesian Navy and the U.S. Navy in order to increase professionalism, strengthen cooperative relations and externally has the aim of increasing the role of the Navy’s diplomacy in accordance with the direction of the Chief of Navy Staff Adm. Yudo Margono. At the 28th RIMPAC exercise, Indonesian Navy sent one warship, KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai-332 and 35 Marines. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.