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Naval Warfare

Indonesian Navy modernisation remains patchy

22nd August 2020 - 02:36 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) operates an eclectic hodgepodge of ships, but it is making efforts to modernise its fleet, especially after it was given a wake-up call from a marauding fleet of Chinese fishing boats in its EEZ earlier this year. Indigenous shipbuilding is even seeing vessels as complex as submarines being assembled.

Yet all is not well within the TNI-AL, with a landing craft sinking near East Java on 14 July. In fact, the Indonesian Navy has lost seven warships in the past eight years. Such a rate of mishaps suggests underlying issues concerning the age of boats, seamanship ...

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