indonesia trimaran kri klewang

Image courtesy North Sea Boats

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.

kri klewang

Image courtesy North Sea Boats

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.

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No details are available yet on how this blaze started.

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  • Tracy

    Anyone else notice that the crowd was staring off to the left and not at the ship? Did it hit the bridge and get run aground. Some really weird things about this picnic event, with kids playing in the water that close. Guess no combustibles on board and no fear of secondary explosions. This looks like it was almost a staged activity.

  • lallatin

    Personally, I think they should have skipped the shellacked silk wall-paper. Definitely a fire-trap. Highly suspicious! Who’s their insurer?

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