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Warship ablaze, but none injured

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 20 2008   /  10:19 am

A Navy anti-submarine warship caught fire during a routine patrol in the waters off Lampung with all personnel on board surviving the accident. Navy spokesperson First Adm. Iskandar Sitompul said Tuesday the warship KRI Memet Sastrawiria, commanded by Maj. Gema Eka Putra, was heading to Labuhan Siging port when fire gutted the port side of its stern. "We are still investigating the cause of the fire. More importantly, everybody is safe," Iskandar said. The warship is a Parchim class corvette once operated by East Germany. Indonesia bought the corvette as part of the 1985 purchase of 39 East German warships. Measuring 75.2 meters in length and 9.8 in width, the corvette is armed with an anti-submarine rocket launcher, torpedoes and sea mines. It can cruise at a maximum of 24.7 knots. Another warship, KRI Teluk Cirebon, was forced to dock at L...