PT. PAL Indonesia (Persero) handed over the ship to the KRI Hospital, dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo-991 to the Indonesian Navy. After previously laying the keel of the ship on October 14, 2019 and launching it on January 7, 2021, now the KRI Hospital Auxiliary Vessel dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo-991 is ready to join the Navy fleet unit.
As is known, the Hospital Auxiliary Ship (BRS) is a state of the art PT PAL Indonesia (Persero). The event which took place at the Madura pier of Koarmada II Surabaya, COO of PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) Mr. Iqbal Fikri in his speech said “thank you very much for the support and trust given by the Navy to PT PAL Indonesia to be able to continue to contribute in the development of defense equipment to maintain the defense and security of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia”.
During the delivery ceremony for the BRS ship as well as the Trimaran class fast missile ship (KCR), the ship commander was also confirmed, who will later be responsible for the operation of KRI dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo-991 and KRI Golok-688. The inauguration of the Ship Commander was led directly by the highest guest in the event, namely Mr. Yudo Margono as the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy (KASAL). Mr. Yudo Margono’s support for PAL was extraordinary in implementing the independence of the marine defense industry. Beginning with mastery of technology in the defense and maritime industry. Through the work of the BRS KRI dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo-991, PAL has reached the stage of mastering increasingly advanced ship technology.
Mr. Iqbal Fikri in his speech also said that the presence of the BRS TNI AL ship had a strategic value, namely as a manifestation of the President’s directive, in increasing the presence of the Navy to carry out health missions. In addition, the presence of the BRS ship can support the role of the Indonesian Navy in conducting diplomacy when there are friendly countries that need health service assistance in a humanitarian mission.
On that occasion, TNI Admiral Yudo Margono as KASAL in his speech said “Today is a historic moment for the Navy, and a manifestation of the development of the Navy’s strength. BRS ship KRI dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo who has passed the test gives an important meaning, especially from the value. It is the work of the nation’s children, and the implementation of mastery of naval technology. Thank you and the highest appreciation to PAL so that the ship can be completed properly,” he explained.
The handover of the BRS ship is one of the agendas in commemorating Dharma Samudera Day which falls on January 15, 2021. Dharma Samudera Day is a momentum to commemorate the battle that took place in the Aru Sea on January 15, 1962, between the Indonesian army and the Dutch in the effort to liberate Papua. KRI dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo-991 is expected to be able to be relied on in dealing with natural disasters, pandemics, and other humanitarian missions.
The BRS vessel has a specification of 124 meters long, 21.8 meters wide and a displacement of 7,290 tons. In the Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) and the results of the previous Commodore Inspection, the BRS ship was able to go up to 22.0 knots in the speedlog. This achievement exceeded expectations of 19 knots at 90% MCR. With a cruising speed of 14 knots, and has the ability to sail for up to 30 full days with a range of 10,000 nautical miles. The BRS ship is capable of carrying 163 crew and 69 medical personnel, 1 VIP guest and ready to carry out operational missions equivalent to a type C hospital. This capability is supported by outpatient polyclinic facilities (general, eye, dental, etc.) ER, operating room, inpatient room , and radiology units.
Not only that, KRI WSH-991 is able to accommodate 280 volunteers, 18 helicopter crews, and is able to treat as many as 159 patients. Commanded by Marine Colonel (P) Anton Pratomo as the Commander of the Ship which was ratified today “KRI WSH-991 as a function as a hospital auxiliary ship will carry out support and health services for both personnel and sailors. Equivalent to a type C hospital, both inpatient and ICU care. There is a special isolation room for COVID-19 patients,” he said the day before the event. Cabbage. Laut (F) Anton Pratomo also explained that the operating facilities on the KRI WSH-991 were superior. With the capability of 11 types of surgery including neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics lift, SC, thyroid, eye, cataract, mouth/cleft lip. On the other hand,
As also stated by Admiral TNI dr. Agus Guntoro as Kadiskesal (Head of the Naval Health Service) when carrying out a Commodore Inspection of the BRS ship some time ago said that KRI WSH-991 had more complete facilities than KRI SHS-990.
Mobility for carrying out medical evacuation missions is also supported by means of transportation that can be transported on ships, namely 3 helicopters, 2 ambulance boats, 1 LCVP, 1 RHIB, 1 mobile x-ray, 4 ambulances, as well as 4 tents for emergency hospitalization for a total of 40 patient. And able to accommodate 2 trucks and 2 military jeeps and 3 mobile hospitals (OFE). LCVP and RHIB function as a means of transporting personnel, medical volunteers, or equipment from land to ship or vice versa. needed in medical evacuation mobility with shorter estimated time, especially in emergency conditions.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the BRS ship can become a Navy fleet which is very useful for Indonesia as an archipelagic country. The ability of the BRS ship to reach small islands can be greatly utilized by the community as a means of additional health facilities in dealing with the pandemic. KRI WSH-991 will join the ranks of the Indonesian Navy’s III Fleet Command Auxiliary Ship Unit which is capable of landing two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters on the deck.
This BRS ship was created as a hospital aid in dealing with the Covid-19 virus outbreak and preventing the expansion of the Covid-19 virus outbreak. BRS ships 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 military operations missions other than war (OMSP), BRS ships can carry out operational tasks to help cope with the effects 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, the BRS ship also has the capability to carry out international diplomatic missions.
Previously, BRS had conducted a series of ship capability tests, ranging from engine capability tests to operating medical devices on board, starting from the Harbor Acceptance Test (HAT), Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) to commodore inspection. The crew assigned to the BRS ship have also gone through various trainings, as well as medical evacuation training, both in ship operations and medical equipment and will also involve a team from Diskesal (National Health Service).
Mr. Rariya Buda Harta as PAL’s Corporate Secretary as well as Chief Executive I appreciated the Indonesian Navy as PAL’s prime customer, “Hopefully this collaboration will be maintained and continue to trust the domestic industry, especially PAL in using its products. KRI WSH-991 and KRI GLK-688 are a tangible form of the Indonesian Navy’s trust in domestic products, whose delivery and inauguration of commanders are carried out simultaneously in the Second Coarmada smoothly and solemnly,” explained Mr. Rariya.