|The 1960s-designed 175-tonne Shanghai class boats of the East Timor Navy|
"Today the Timorese Naval Component celebrates its 9th anniversary and it means that the state of Timor-Leste has made a big change to modernize the F-FDTL," Colonel Klamar Fuik said.
Klamar Fuik added the F-FDTL was now making efforts to better develop the naval component. He added that there were 54 naval officers in the inception of the Naval Component in January 12, 2002. But these numbers have increased to 244 officers.