In a significant stride towards enhancing its maritime defense capabilities, the Indonesian Navy has proudly commissioned two cutting-edge mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), KRI Pulau Fani (731) and KRI Pulau Fanildo (732). This pivotal event took place on August 14 at the 2nd Fleet Command Headquarters in Surabaya, East Java, where the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Ali, led the ceremony. Derived from the reputable Frankenthal-class, the Fani-class MCMVs are a testament to advanced naval engineering and international collaboration. Built by the German shipyard, Abeking & Rasmussen, these vessels stand as symbols of state-of-the-art naval technology. Their journey from the Bremerhaven Port to Surabaya was facilitated using the Combi Dock I, a heavy load carrier, further underscoring the strategic significance of this addition to the Indonesian Navy’s fleet.
KRI Pulau Fani and KRI Pulau Fanildo are set to be under the command of the 2nd Fleet’s Minesweeper Unit, playing a crucial role in safeguarding Indonesian waters from the remnants of World War II-era naval mines. The adoption of the Fani-class MCMVs into the fleet is a result of a well-conceived contract between the Indonesian Ministry of Defense and Abeking & Rasmussen, sealed in January 2019. Valued at US$204 million, this endeavor demonstrates the nation’s dedication to equipping its naval forces with cutting-edge technology and capabilities. At the heart of these vessels lies an integrated solution designed for optimal performance in mine countermeasures operations. This system incorporates Synapsis NX navigation and bridge systems, as well as the SYNTACS command and control system. These advanced components work in harmony with a state-of-the-art mine-hunting sonar and unmanned vehicles, enabling precision, safety, and efficiency at every stage of a mission.
Both vessels are propelled by a complete MAN hybrid propulsion package, featuring powerful MAN 12V175D-MM engines delivering 2,220 kW at 1,900 rpm. The inclusion of a MAN Alpha CPP twin screw-propeller system, complete with the Alphatronic 3000 propulsion-control system, ensures flexibility and efficiency in maneuvering, while an AKA hybrid PTI system enables silent operation during minehunting with pure electric propulsion. The strategic partnership with Abeking & Rasmussen is further highlighted by the shipyard’s distinguished reputation. Situated in Lemwerder, Germany, the shipyard boasts a legacy of excellence in yacht and naval vessel construction. Renowned for its work in developing innovative small-waterplane-area twin hull (SWATH) ships, the shipyard’s expertise has undoubtedly contributed to the superior design and construction of the Fani-class MCMVs.
To address the challenges of mine-hunting missions, both vessels are constructed using non-magnetic steel and are equipped with degaussing systems to minimize their magnetic signatures. Additionally, to reduce acoustic signatures, an electric propulsion system has been integrated. In support of their critical role, the ships are outfitted with an impressive array of tools, including an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), underwater sonar equipment, and RHIBs. This comprehensive suite of equipment is further enhanced by the Anschütz new SYNTACS Mine Countermeasure Suite and navigation system. In conclusion, the commissioning of KRI Pulau Fani and KRI Pulau Fanildo signifies a monumental step forward for the Indonesian Navy’s commitment to maritime security and defense.