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On Saturday 3rd June a fire broke out on Indonesian Navy’s landing vessel, KRI TELUK HADING 538 in the Flores Sea, around 9 nautical miles off the coast of Bira, Southeast South Sulawesi, Indonesia with 119 souls, including 62 crew and 57 Army Troopers.

The fire happened  around 1400hrs local time  when the ship was engaged in her routine patrol operations close to the Selayar Islands. The fire seems that started with a blaze ignited in the ship’s engine room.

With both naval and 2 commercial ships rendered assistance and evacuated everyone safely  within 30 minutes of the fire and the landing ship was towed to the closest port.

The Landing ship is the former COTTBUS  operated by East Germany’s Volksmarine navy between 1978-1990. She was acquired by the Indonesian Government in 1993 and can accommodate 14 tanks, one troop mariner and a complement of 46 individuals.

She’s a Teluk Gilimanuk Class Landing Ship – They were originally built in the East Germany for the Volksmarine as the Hoyerswerda class (NATO reporting name: Frosch I and II classes) and only 11 remain in service out of 14.

Timeline image is of KRI TELUK GILIMANUK 531 , the lead ship of the class and the former HOYERSWERDA.

 

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