Our navy recognizes that most ships in our fleet, especially former missile frigates ( Kotor class), missile gunboats ( Koncar class), and some larger auxiliary ships, all equipped with systems and technology from the late 1980s, are unsustainable systems even now, not to mention in the context of the navy’s future purpose and tasks.
The costs of maintenance, operation, training, and manning for those ships cannot be absorbed into projected navy budgeting, detracting in the final analysis from the navy’s ability to ensure maritime safety and protect Montenegrin interests at sea. For that reason, one of the navy’s most important strategic objectives for the future is platform modernization or the procurement of new platforms and systems through conversion.
This year has begun very ambitiously. The promising open-sea tug boat Orada and the training ship Jadran are to be docked and overhauled. We also have begun implementation of an entirely new system of sea surveillance through the installation and linking of modern radars into one master system monitored and controlled from a joint operations center. In the second and the next stage of development, the plan is to purchase new ships that will, in terms of their features and technology, be multifunctional and multimodular platforms capable of patrolling, search-and-rescue at sea, boarding, transport, and combating marine pollution.