- The Indonesian Navy has proposed acquiring two hydrographic vessels that can be swiftly converted into submarine rescue ships
- The vessels are being requested amid a proliferation of submarines in the Asia-Pacific region
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has submitted plans to acquire two ocean-going hydrographic ships that can be swiftly converted into vessels of opportunity (VOOs) for submarine rescue operations.
The request has been submitted for inclusion under the third and final phase of the 'Minimum Essential Force' (MEF) plan, which runs from 2020 to 2024. MEF is a three-phase armed forces modernisation blueprint that began in 2010.