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Navy to procure 24 fast boats to patrol shallow waters

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 5 2012   /  08:43 am

Ship-shape: Deputy Defense Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin (second left) visits the KRI Kujang guided-missile fast boat, which is completing an overhaul at the shipyards of PT Palindo Marindo in Batam, Riau Islands, on Wednesday. JP/Fadli The Indonesian Navy plans to acquire 24 guided-missile fast boats to be deployed in shallow waters in the western part of the country, a top Navy officer said on Wednesday.

Assistant for planning to the Navy chief of staff, Rear Adm. Sumartono, said the Navy had confirmed the order for the 24 patrol boats.

“When we will buy them depends on the Defense Ministry’s financial ability,” he told reporters.

“They will be deployed in the western part of Indonesia and in North Sulawesi.”

Sumartono was speaking at the sidelines of a visit by Deputy Defense Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin to privately-owned shipyard PT Palindo Mari...