The Jakarta Post
A brand new South Korean-made submarine arrived on Monday at the Indonesian naval base in Surabaya, East Java, to join the country's maritime defense system on Monday.
After traveling 15 days from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) facility in Okpo, South Korea, the new submarine, the first of three ordered Type 209/1400 Chang Bogo-class submarines, was introduced in a ceremony during which it was christened the KRI Nagapasa 403.
"It was sent directly from Okpo, South Korea, to Surabaya," Navy chief Adm. Ade Supandi said as quoted by tempo.co.
Ade said the new submarine would join two German-made submarines purchased in the 1980s, currently operated by the Indonesian Navy.
The Chang Bogo-class diesel-electric attack submarine was handed over by South Korean defense contractor DSME on Aug. 2.
The second submarine is currently being constructed at the DSME facility and will be delivered in the near future. The third submarine will be built by state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL in Surabaya under a technology transfer agreement.
Indonesia and South Korea sealed a $1.1 billion contract for the three Nagapasa-class diesel-electric submarines in December 2011 as part of the Ministry of Defense’s 2024 Defense Strategic Plan, which calls for the acquisition of at least ten new submarines.