12 Februari 2016
Indonesia will start to decommission the Ahmad Yani class from 2017, Retirement paves way for the induction of new SIGMA 10514 vessels (photo : cf7)
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) is scheduled to decommission the first of its six Ahmad Yani-class frigates in 2017, a TNI-AL source told IHS Jane's on 10 February.
The schedule was decided at the 2016 iteration of an annual naval technical and logistics work plan meeting that took place in early January at the TNI-AL's Western Fleet (KOARMABAR) headquarters in Jakarta. "The Ahmad Yani class will be decommissioned at a rate of one ship a year from 2017 until 2022," the source said.
According to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships , the vessels were first commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) between August 1967 and May 1968 as the Van Speijk class. They were then transferred to the TNI-AL between 1986 and 1989.
PKR-10514 Frigate (photo : haikal)
Ahmad Yani-class vessels have an overall length of 113.4 m, an overall beam of 12.5 m, and a hull draught of 4.2 m. The platform displaces 2,880 tonnes at full load and can accommodate a crew of 180.
The vessel is armed with an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun as a primary weapon and four 12.7 mm machine guns for point defence. Submarine prosecution capability is facilitated by six 324 mm tubes that can deploy the Honeywell Mk 46 lightweight torpedo.
The TNI-AL, however, has not specified which of the six ships is slated to be decommissioned first in 2017.