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Indonesia looks to triple submarine fleet after Chinese incursions

Jakarta focuses on state of navy following death of 53 crew at sea

Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala-402 was lost at sea in April. The tragedy has spurred the country to beef up its fleet.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia aims to expand its submarine fleet by as much a triple its current line up to 12 vessels, multiple defense sources here say, just a month after one of its subs was determined to be lost, killing its entire crew of 53.

The move comes in response to repeated Chinese incursions into its waters. Jakarta will also beef up its fleet of corvettes.

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