The current gap between LAF-Navy and UNIFIL-MTF capabilities will be filled by restructuring LAF-Navy, reshaping it into a naval force with increased capabilities and enhanced innovative efficiencies. That will be accomplished under a five-year plan having four steps:
1. Acquisition of new vessels and equipment, categorized as imminent needs or second priorities.
2. Technical training (operating equipment) and individual training.
3. Tactical (integration) training. This is the most important step, in accordance with the LAF-Navy tactical doctrine, combining all elements (combat and C3) to fulfill any assigned mission. Units will have attained final operational capability at the end of this step, and our naval units will be able to participate in joint exercises as directed, and to be fully operational at sea.
4. Deployment of naval assets. This will occur when the LAF-Navy is ready for operational tasks in the AMO and EEZ—and capable of operating alone.
To assume the UNIFIL-MTF mission, we will need all-weather offshore patrol vessels (40-60 meters in size), firefighting/tug boats and logistic ships. Our tasks will include maritime interdictions and boardings, C3 operations, defensive operations, search and rescue, tug and firefighting missions, salvage operations, and training for cadets.
To meet the requirements for innovation of its sea services over the course of the five-year plan, the LAF-Navy requires about $450 million, which will come from government, through donations, and assistance from our allies.