March 31, 2021 (Google Translation) – KRI Hasan Basri (HBS-382), commanded by Marine Lieutenant Colonel (P) Hafidz, welcomed the Spanish Navy training ship Juan Sebastian Elcano in the middle of the Guard Shark-21 operation patrol under Guspurla Koarmada II Command on Tuesday (30/03/2021) .
The JS Elcano is the third largest high mast ship in the world which was inaugurated in 1928 and is currently still in operation to train the naval science of Spanish Navy cadets.
Commander of KRI HBS-382, Lieutenant Colonel (P) Hafidz, said, “In the middle of a voyage to Jakarta from Tidore while crossing the Sulawesi sea, the JS Elcano encountered KRI HBS-382 and carried out passing and communication to convey his welcome to Indonesian waters and inform that KRI HBS-382 is carrying out patrols to protect Indonesia’s maritime sovereignty and security, and is ready to provide assistance if JS Elcano has problems during transit in Indonesian waters, “he said.
“This is one of the applications of the Indonesian Navy’s diplomatic function apart from goodwill and participation in the regional / multilateral exercise. Meanwhile, the commander of JS Elcano directly expressed his great appreciation and thanked the Indonesian Navy for the warm welcome from the Indonesian Navy, in this case KRI HBS-382, “concluded Lieutenant Colonel Hafidz.