June 2, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Hospital Auxiliary Ship (BRS) is one proof of the improvement in technology for ship design type LPD (Landing Platform Dock) carried out by PT PAL Indonesia (Persero). Previously, PAL had succeeded in carrying out design improvements which resulted in the Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV) product which is now used by the Philippine Navy. The design of the ship has received a Patent/IPR certificate from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia.
The 124-meter Hospital Auxiliary Ship (BRS) is equipped with a main engine of 2 x 5420 kW, this BRS ship has a cruising range of 10,000 Nautical Miles with a maximum speed of 18 knots, has a total carrying capacity of 643 people including 159 patients, equipped also with 2 units of LCVP ( Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel ), 1 unit of RHIB ( Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat ), 2 units of Ambulance Boat and has the capacity to transport 4 ambulances, 3 mobile hospitals , 1 mobile decompression and 1 mobile X Ray .
The most important thing about this ship is that, as the name suggests, BRS (Hospital Assistance) has capabilities equivalent to a Type C Hospital. This capability is supported by outpatient polyclinic facilities (general, eye, dental, etc.) ER, operating room, inpatient room, radiology unit , CT Scans and X-Rays , to Isolation Rooms for handling infectious outbreaks such as COVID19 . Mobility for carrying out medical evacuation missions is also supported by the ability to transport medical helicopters, ambulance boats , and LCVPs.
The function of the BRS ship is very much in line with the characteristics and insights of Indonesian maritime. As an archipelagic country located in the ring of fire trajectory , Indonesia has vulnerability to natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes which can be followed by secondary disasters, such as tsunamis and others. With this situation, BRS vessels are mobile and can be moved in a short time to disaster-affected areas to carry out disaster emergency response activities. Based on TNI Law number 34 of 2004, in the OMSP mission, BRS ships can carry out operational tasks to help cope with the consequences of natural disasters,
evacuation, and provide humanitarian assistance as well as assist in search and rescue in accidents ( search and rescue).). Not limited to that situation, BRS ships also have the capability to carry out international diplomatic missions.
The presence of the Navy’s BRS Hospital Auxiliary Ship is a manifestation of the implementation of President Joko Widodo’s directive which proclaimed a minimum of three Hospital Auxiliary Vessels in every region of Indonesia. And hope that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the BRS ship can become a strong Navy fleet in carrying out its duties and services to the fullest. Currently, PAL is building 2 units of Hospital Auxiliary ships of which 1 unit of BRS ship has been launched and shipnamed, namely dr. Wahidin Soediroshusodo.