The Indonesian Navy has commissioned two new Teluk Bintuni-class touchdown ship tank (LST), KRI Teluk Palu (523), on March 8, 2021. The ships have been handed over immediately by the Indonesian Navy Chief of Employees Yudo Margonoto at PT Daya Radar Utama (DRU), Bandar Lampung. KRI Teluk Palu was constructed by an Indonesian shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama (DRU), Bandar Lampung. The ship was ordered from DRU as a part of a three-ship order of the Teluk Bintuni-class ships (AT-117 kind LST program) in January 2017, with yard variety of AT-6. The ship was laid down on 10 July 2017, together with two different ships, AT-5 and AT-7. She was launched and formally named on 1 June 2019. The identify KRI Teluk Palu is derived from the identify of a bay in Central Halmahera, North Maluku’s Central Weda District. Teluk Palu (Palu Bay) is situated on the north coast of Sulawesi within the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi.

Indonesian Navy Teluk Bintuni-class Tank Touchdown Ship KRI Teluk Palu (523)

Teluk Palu has a size of 117 metres (383 ft 10 in), a beam measuring 16.4 metres (53 ft 10 in), and a peak of seven.8 metres (25 ft 7 in) with a draft of three metres (9 ft 10 in). She has a capability of 476 passengers, together with crew, alongside 10 Leopard most important battle tanks and a helicopter. The ship was designed to have the ability to keep at sea for 20 days. With a crew of 119, consisting of 113 sailors and 6 helicopter crew, she has a displacement of two,300 tonnes and has a most pace of 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph). The ship is armed with mild defensive weapons in type of a Bofors 40 mm gun and two 12.7 mm heavy machine weapons. The vessel might additionally carry 4 LCVP boats, and is provided with a crane for cargo loading and offloading.


Indonesian Navy Teluk Bintuni-class Tank Landing Ship KRI Teluk Palu (523)
Indonesian Navy Teluk Bintuni-class Tank Touchdown Ship KRI Teluk Palu (523)

Indonesian Navy has lengthy been engaged in an effort to strengthen the nation’s maritime capabilities to handle a variety of home and overseas challenges, in recognition of the sobering actuality that it nonetheless finds it tough to perform even primary duties reminiscent of monitoring and securing what’s the world’s second longest shoreline. The Tank Touchdown Ship had a extremely specialised design that enabled ocean crossings in addition to shore groundings. The Teluk Bintuni class, Indonesian designation AT-117M is a category of tank touchdown ships that’s being constructed indigenously for the Indonesian Navy by numerous Indonesian native shipyards. It was introduced that the Indonesian Navy intends to accumulate a complete of twelve vessels of the identical class with some modifications from the lead ship to enhance ship’s functionality.