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Text of report by Eko Warijadi, attributed to Antara news agency, carried by Indonesian Satunet news web site on 31 January
The TNI-AL [Indonesian navy] has admitted that it has insufficient maritime assets to properly patrol all of its waters and in fact needs at least 75 more warships.
"We need at least 75 more warships to meet the navy's minimal requirements," said TNI-AL spokesman Cdre Franky Kayatu on Wednesday (30 January).
He said that TNI-AL strength was well short of ideal with only 114 warships and the use of these ships had to be optimized to patrol the waters considered most sensitive.
Franky said that TNI-AL strength was indeed …