The U.S. Navy plans to donate transport ships and inflatable boats to Indonesia to help it patrol the Malacca Straits, a strategic waterway seen at risk of terrorist attack, Indonesia's defense minister said. "The United States is in the process of renewing its equipment and military weapons, especially its navy," Juwono Sudarsono was quoted as saying by state news agency Antara. "So, some of their LSTs that are 40 years old, but are still operational, will be donated to Indonesia."
Landing Ship Tanks, or LSTs, are naval ships especially designed to transport and deploy troops, vehicles, and supplies onto shore. They were first used in World War II.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005