|Indonesian Navy Fleet|
The Indonesian Navy is planning to add a third fleet within three years, which would safeguard the Western, Central and Eastern regions of the country.
“We have been hoping to increase our fleet from the current two, to three between 2011 and 2014,” Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Soeparno told a conference here on Monday.
The Western region fleet center of command will be based in Jakarta, the central region fleet in Makassar, South Sulawesi, and the Eastern region fleet in Sorong, West Papua.
“We will take these steps based on the consideration that there are three sea corridors in the Indonesian archipelago [ALKI], in addition to existing [to border conflict] prone areas in each fleet region,” he said.
The first sea corridor passes through the South China Sea, Karimata Straits, the DKI sea and the Sunda Strait. The second corridor crosses the Sulawesi Sea, the Makassar Strait, Flores Sea and the Lombok Strait. The third corridor passes through the Pacific Ocean, the Maluku Strait, Seram Sea and Banda Sea.
However, Soeparno said there would not be additional navy personnel for the plan.
“We will optimize our current fleet forces and weaponry defense system, which will be divided evenly into the three fleet regions,” Soeparno said.
He said the Navy was currently preparing to materialize the plan.