In April, Indonesia commissioned into service Raden Eddy Martadinata, the first of two planned SIGMA 10514 frigates. The new 345-foot ship was fitted together by PT PAL shipyard in Indonesia, which built four of the vessel’s six modules, while Damen Schelde in the Netherlands constructed the remaining two. The ship displaces 2,365 tons with a 46-foot beam. Work on the frigate began in January 2014. Sea trials took place in September 2016 and the ship was delivered in January 2017. With a top speed of 30 knots and a cruising range of 4,000 nautical miles at 18 knots, the new frigate was designed to undertake a wide range of missions in and around the waters of Indonesia. The SIGMA 10514 has been outfitted to accommodate VL MICA surface-to-air missiles, Exocet antiship missiles, ASW torpedo tubes, and a three-inch gun. A second ship of the class is expected to enter service later this year.
By Eric Wertheim