Todays Indo. Tenders invited for 3 new ships for INS + options fpr 2 more. 2 older vessels to be retired in 2010. Only reason I bring this up is because 2 of the vessels ( 1 definite + 1 option) are to be the largest vessels in the history of the INS. I have always thought the INS was too small for an island nation with such huge territorial seas and UN commitments and the like. Not to mention the rapidly expanding merchant fleet to protect in dodgy parts of the world as other nations of Irelands size already do for their merchant fleets. Perhaps someone in a position to influence matters finally agrees with me!!! Its hardly as if we cant afford it. Anyone out there with knowledge of these matters care to expand ?