(NSI News Source Info) March 9, 2009: After finishing of outfitting details and performing successful sea trials, the fourth SIGMA CLASS Corvette, "KRI Frans Kaisiepo", built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) was handed-over and commissioned to the Navy of the Republic of Indonesia. The Sigma class corvette is a patrol boat with ocean capabilities. The Indonesian variant is based on the Sigma 9113 design. Work on the first of the class, KRI Diponegoro, began with the first steel cutting conducted in October 2004. The ship was christened on September 16, 2006 and commissioned on July 2, 2007 by Admiral Slamet Soebijanto, Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff. Options for 2 other units were exercised on January 2006 with the first steel cut commenced on 3rd April 2006 in Damen's Schelde Naval Shipbuilding yard, Vlissingen-Oost yard and not in Surabaya stated earlier. In 28 August 2007, Jane's Missiles and Rockets reported that Indonesia was having problems securing the export license for the MM-40 Exocet block II and are considering Chinese made C-802 anti-ship missiles as alternatives. However, the ships have already been delivered with the Exocet missiles. The Minister of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Prof. Dr. Juwono Sudarsono, signed the hand-over documents on behalf of the Republic of Indonesia. The commissioning into the Indonesian Navy of the Corvette was done by the Chief of Navy of the Republic of Indonesia, Admiral Tedjo Edhy Purdijanto. The delivery of the last of 4 Corvettes took place within 3 years after the effective date of Contract. The crew of the "KRI Frans Kaisiepo" will sail back home to Surabaya on April the 11th, after a thorough crew training by the Royal Netherlands Navy.
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