Military Capabilities

Indonesia disbands patrol boat units of Eastern, Western fleets

15 January 2018

Key Points

  • The Indonesian Navy is reorganising the deployment and reporting structure of its patrol boat units
  • Move aimed at improving maritime security, especially in the country’s more remote waters

In a bid to further improve naval presence across its vast archipelago, the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) will disband patrol boat units from the Eastern and Western fleets, a source close to the decision told Jane’s on 15 January.

Vessels under the strength of these units, which are referred to by the TNI-AL as SATROL ARMATIM and SATROL ARMABAR respectively according to Indonesian abbreviations, will now be re-distributed across 14 main naval bases (LANTAMALs) across the Indonesian archipelago.

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