Saturday, August 11, 2012

Indonesian Navy KRI Dewaruci in Valletta Port

The Indonesian Navy sail training ship KRI Dewaruci has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on a five-day courtesy visit. KRI Dewaruci is a Class A tall ship and the only barquentine owned and operated by the Indonesian Navy. She is used as a sail training vessel for naval cadets and is the largest tall ship in the Indonesian fleet.

Built in Germany by HC Stülcken & Sohn. Construction on the Dewaruci began in 1932, but was suspended due to the outbreak of WWII, which caused heavy damage to the shipyard where she was being constructed. She was finally completed in 1952 and launched in 1953. Since then, she has been based out of Surabaya on the Java Sea. Her name and figurehead represent and display the mythological Javanese wayang god of truth and courage.

The Indonesian training ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 Wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Malta on Tuesday, August 14th, at 1000LT