At the end of August, Indonesian composite shipbuilder, North Sea Boats launched one of the most unique warships in the world from their facility in East Java. Measuring 63m in length, the KRI Klewang bears a similar look to the Austal USA-built LCS-2 when viewed from the bow, however the similarities don’t extend much further beyond the fact they are (were) both painted haze grey, and have three hulls.
With a wave-piercing hull form built of carbon fiber composite, and powered by 4 MAN Diesel engines, the KRI Klewang was a high performance machine and the result of two years of R&D by New Zealand naval architect firm, LOMOcean Design Ltd.
Unfortunately, this one-of-a-kind, USD $11.91 million vessel is no longer after a fire broke out on board a few days ago.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xRwc_yGdXM[/youtube]
No details are available yet on how this blaze started.