"One of our two KRIs -- the legendary KRI Dewaruci -- will be opened to the public at the Soekarno Hatta Port," Planning Assistant to the Navy Base Command Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Dedi Sugianto stated here on Monday.
He noted that the two warships, owned by the Indonesian Military (TNI), will enliven the peak activities of Garuda in My Sea on March 18, 2020.
Lieutenant Colonel Dedi believes that public entry into these two warships will also help to bring the community closer to the TNI through the main weaponry system.
He said the ship will be open to visitors in Makassar's seaport, South Sulawesi, for two days before the peak event of Garuda in My Sea. Entry is free of charge to two KRIs that will be open for visitors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.
"The TNI was born from the people. The TNI is very close to the people, and this open ship is part of the efforts to bring the TNI closer to the people," he stated.
Furthermore, Lt. Col. Dedi revealed that KRI Bima Suci -945 will also be present to enliven the agenda.
KRI Bima Suci-945 is a sailing ship built by a well-known Spanish ship company located in Vigo City, Freire Shipyard.
According to the technical design, this tall mast sailboat has a total length of 111.20 meters, width of 13.65 meters, draft depth of 5.95 meters, and maximum height of a mast 49 meters from the upper deck surface.
The three-pole Barque ship has 26 sails, with a total sail area of 3,352 square meters, while the height of its main deck is 9.20 meters above sea level.
KRI Dewaruci is one of Indonesia's legendary ships built in Hc Stulcken & Son Germany in 1952.
The ship, measuring 58.5 meters long by 9.5 meters wide, of the Barquentine class, was built at HC Stulchen & Sohn Hamburg, Germany, and was the only high mast sailboat ship product in 1952 that is still seaworthy from three similar vessels ever produced.