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NAVDEX 2023: UAE buys Indonesian support ship in $400 million deal

22nd February 2023 - 14:00 GMT | by Harry Lye, Giovanni Rasio in Abu Dhabi


A model of the ship was on display at PT Pal's NAVDEX 2023 stand. (Photo: Harry Lye)

Discussions for a UAE purchase of the ship from PT Pal first commenced in 2020.

The UAE has bought a 163m multi-role support ship (MRSS) from PT Pal Indonesia in a deal worth around $408 million.

The LPD will be built in Surabaya, with construction to start this year. Shephard understands PT Pal aims to deliver the vessel to the UAE in 2026 or 2027.

The deal includes UAE content, specifically in the form of Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) RHIBs and Interceptors that will operate from the platform.

The ship offers space for three helicopters on its flight deck and can house three in its hangar.

The ship is likely to carry a 76mm

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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Giovanni Rasio


Giovanni Rasio

Giovanni Rasio is a Senior Naval Analyst at Shephard’s Defence Insight business intelligence service. Before …

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