NAVAL STATION FELIX APOLINARIO, Panacan, Davao City (DWDD) – Two Indonesian navy ships is slated to arrive in General Santos City for a Goodwill Visit.
The two Diponegoro-class corvette combat vessels namely: KRI Sultan Hasanuddin – 366 and KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda – 367 will arrive today, October 29, 2017 and will stay until November 1, 2017. They are also here for the ongoing Unilateral Fleet Training Exercise of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao.
KRI Sultan Hasanuddin was named after Sultan Hasanuddin Tumenanga Ri Balla Pangkana, the 16th Ruler of The Sultanate of Gowa as Sombaya Ri Gowa XVI from 1653 to 1669.
He was proclaimed as Indonesian National Hero on November 6, 1973. The Dutch called Sultan Hasanuddin “the fighting cock of the East” as he was described as aggressive in battle.
KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda is named after the 12th Sultan of Aceh. He was quite the bellicose sailor himself and kicked the tripe out of the Portuguese once or twice. He’s still fondly remembered by the people of Aceh and has plenty of things named after him, including this boat and the Aceh airport.
All the Indonesian Navy Vessels are named with the KRI Initial (Kapal Perang Republik Indonesia) which means Navy Vessel of the Republic Of Indonesia. The class are often named after lead ships.. AES/MCAG