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Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut
Indonesian Navy insignia
|Size||74,000 active duty personnel
2 Submarines (+ 3 under construction + 2 planned)
6 Frigates (+ 2 under construction)
16 ASW Corvettes
4 Amphibious Transport Dock
10 Missile Boat
51 Patrol Craft
(Sanskrit, lit:"Victorious on the Sea")
|Anniversaries||10 September 1945 (founded)|
|Engagements||Battle of Arafura Sea
Incorporation of West Papua into Indonesia
Indonesian Invasion of East Timor
Insurgency in Aceh
|Navy Chief of Staff||Admiral Marsetio|
|Naval Aviation Roundel|
The Indonesian Navy (Indonesian: Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, TNI–AL) was founded on September 10, 1945. Its role is to patrol Indonesia's immense coastline, to enforce and patrol the territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Indonesia, to protect Indonesia's maritime strategic interests, to protect the islands surrounding Indonesia, and to defend against seaborne threats.
The Indonesian Navy is the largest navy in South East Asia based on the number of active personnel and ships. As of 2009, the Indonesian Navy had about 74.963 active personnel and more than 150 marine vessels in active service. The Indonesian Navy is also one of only few navies in the region which are substantially supported by domestic military industries as well as armed with marine corps, supersonic missiles and attack submarines.
All commissioned ships of the TNI-AL have the prefix KRI (Kapal Perang Republik Indonesia), which means Republic of Indonesia warship.
According to Undang-Undang Nomor 34/2004 about TNI Article 9, the Navy has a following task:
- Naval military duty in defense;
- enforce the law and maintain security in the sea area of national jurisdiction in accordance with national laws and ratified international laws;
- Navy diplomatic duties in support of foreign policy set by the government;
- carry out military tasks in the construction and development of naval power;
- implement empowerment sea defense area.
The Indonesian Navy's history began on September 10, 1945, at the outset of the Indonesian National Revolution. The administration of the early Indonesian government established the People's Marine Security Agency (BKR Laut), the predecessaor to the modern Indonesian Navy. BKR Laut was initially composed of Indonesian sailors who had served in the ranks of the Royal Netherlands Navy during the Dutch colonial period, and who had fought the Japanese during the occupation of Kaigun.
The formation of the Indonesian military organization known as the People's Security Army (TKR) helped spur the further existence of TKR Sea known as the Navy of the Republic of Indonesia (ALRI).
Between 1949-1959, the Navy enhanced its strengths and capabilities. ALRI forming Fleet, Marine Corps, who was known as the Marine Corps Forces Command (KKO-AL), Naval Aviation and Maritime Area Command as a command of the defense of the territorial sea aspect.
In the 1990s the Navy received a major boost when it took delivery of several new types of warships, including the Parchim Class Corvette, the 'Frosch' class landing ship tank (LST), and the Kondor class mine sweeper.
The navy comprises the following:
- Headquarters Staff (HQ, Jakarta) under the overall command of the Navy Chief of Staff,
- Two Fleet Commands :
- Several Naval Main Bases and Naval Bases throughout Indonesia. Apart from the major bases at Surabaya and Jakarta, forward operating bases exist at Kupang, West Timor and Tahuna, Sulawesi.
- Marine Corps, with two Marine Forces
- Naval Aviation Center,
- Military Sealift Command - coordinates the navy's logistical support systems.
Plans exist to have a single HQ at Surabaya, with commands at Riau (West), Papua (East), and Makassar (Central). JDW reported on 12 November 2003 that Admiral Bernard Kent Sondakh, the Chief of Naval Staff, was advocating a plan to merge the two fleets to form a single Main Operations and Administration Defence Command, to be headed by a three-star officer and headquartered at Surabaya.
Naval Base is converted into sequential numbering from I to XI by location from west to east on August 1, 2006 along with the inauguration of the Naval Base Bayur Bay, Padang, West Sumatra became naval Main Base (Lantamal) II.
Navy force spread across several Main Base who were under the command of two major fleet:
- Main Naval Base I Belawan.
- Naval Base Sabang
- Naval Base Dumai
- Naval Base Lhokseumawe
- Naval Base Tanjung Balai Asahan
- Naval Base Simeulue
- Naval Air Station Sabang
- Main Naval Base II Padang.
- Naval Base Sibolga
- Naval Base Bengkulu
- Main Naval Base III Jakarta.
- Naval Base Palembang
- Naval Base Cirebon
- Naval Base Panjang
- Naval Base Banten
- Naval Base Bandung
- Naval Base Bangka Belitung
- Naval Air Station Pondok Cabe
- Main Naval Base IV Tanjung Pinang.
- Naval Base Batam
- Naval Base Pontianak
- Naval Base Tarempa
- Naval Base Ranai
- Naval Base Tanjung Balai Karimun
- Naval Base Dabo Singkep
- Naval Air Station Matak (Natuna Islands)
- Naval Air Station Tanjungpinang/Kijang
- Main Naval Base V Surabaya.
- Naval Base Tegal
- Naval Base Cilacap
- Naval Base Semarang
- Naval Base Malang
- Naval Base Banyuwangi
- Naval Base Denpasar
- Naval Base Batuporon
- Naval Air Station Juanda
- Main Naval Base VI Makassar.
- Naval Base Kendari
- Naval Base Palu
- Naval Base Balikpapan
- Naval Base Kotabaru
- Naval Base Banjarmasin
- Main Naval Base VII Kupang.
- Naval Base Mataram
- Naval Base Maumere
- Naval Base Kupang
- Naval Base Tual
- Naval Air Station Kupang
- Main Naval Base VIII Manado.
- Naval Base Tarakan
- Naval Base Nunukan
- Naval Base Tahuna
- Naval Base Toli-Toli
- Naval Base Gorontalo
- Naval Air Manado
- Main Naval Base IX Ambon.
- Naval Base Ternate
- Naval Base Saumlaki
- Naval Base Morotai
- Main Naval Base X Jayapura.
- Naval Base Sorong
- Naval Base Biak
- Naval Air Station Biak
- Main Naval Base XI Merauke
- Naval Base Timika
- Naval Base Aru
- Naval Air Station Aru
The majority of the vessels in the Indonesian navy are from the Netherlands and Britain. However, since 2003, Indonesian shipyards have produced many of their own small vessels, in particular those of smaller displacement like patrol boats and fast attack crafts. Recently, two Makassar class LPDs have been launched by PT. PAL, with assistance from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.(DSME) of South Korea, and there are a plans to build indigenous missile-armed corvettes (Kornas). Indonesia had built a trimaran which had stealth features KRI Klewang, which made Indonesia as the second country to operate a stealth ship after United States of America.
In the 1960s, the Indonesian Navy Naval Aviation had a long-range strike capability with Indonesian Navy had Il-28 medium bombers. In 1975-79, the Dinas Penerbangan Angkatan Laut (Naval Aviation Service) received 12 GAF Nomad Searchmaster B's and six Searchmaster L twin-turboprops to form a maritime patrol Squadron (800 Skwadron). In mid 1996 six NC.212-MPAs also join the squadron. All aircraft fly from the Naval headquarters base of Surabaya, but detachments are at times sent to Tanjung pinang and Manado. There are plan to buy 11 ASW helicopter in the future. The candidates include Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite and Eurocopter Panther but until early 2014 there is no contract finalized yet.
|First Admiral TNI||Sugianto, S.E, M.A.P.||-||23 February 2013|
|First Admiral TNI||I Nyoman Nesa||23 February 2013||Present|
|Beech Bonanza||United States||Light Transport||G-36 Bonanza||4|
|GAF Nomad||Australia||Light Transport||N.24 Nomad||24|
|CASA C-212 Aviocar||Spain||Maritime Patrol & Tactical Transport||NC-212 MPA||6|
|CASA CN-235|| European Union
|Maritime Patrol & Tactical Transport||CN-235 MPA||5|
|Bell 412|| Canada
|Utility||Bell 412EP||Licensed production by Indonesian Aerospace|
|MBB BO 105||European Union||Utility||NBO-105||6|
|Eurocopter EC-120 Colibri||European Union||Utility||EC-120B Colibri||2|
The Korps Marinir are the Indonesian Navy's ground troops. It was created on November 15, 1945 and has the duties of being the main amphibious warfare force and quick reaction force of defence against enemy invasion.
- Komando Pasukan Katak - the primary special operations force of the Indonesian Navy. They are recruited from navy sailors, and they are commonly called as "FROG MAN".
- Batalion Intai Amfibi - the Marine Corps' Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion, which also has capability as para-commando. They are recruited from marines corps.
- Detasemen Jala Mangkara - special operations and counter-terrorism forces of the Indonesian Navy. It is a combined detachment formed from selected personnel of the Navy's Underwater Special Unit (Kopaska) and the Marine Corps' Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion (KIPAM aka Yontaifib).
Ideally, the Navy should have 250 ships, and it has a blueprint up to 2024.
In April 2011, PT PAL, in cooperation with Netherlands' Naval Shipbuilding, started designing a new light frigate for ASW purposes. It will be the largest warship built by PT PAL. The first steel cutting ceremony was held on January 2014 and order for two PKR ships is confirmed. Equipped with VL Mica missiles and Oerlikon Millennium CIWS, these ships are also usable for air defense purposes.
December 2011: A contract to build three submarines was signed by Indonesian party and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). 2 submarines will be built in South Korea in cooperation with Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, while the third will be built at PT Pal's facilities. The contract was worth $1.07 billion and construction would start in January 2012 and expected deliveries in 2015 and 2016. The submarines would weigh 1,400 tons and be 61.3 meters long to carry up to 40 crewmembers and have 8 weapons tubes for torpedoes and other weapons. The procurement is an effort to keep pace with other countries in the region and not to match them.
January 2012: The Navy had confirmed the order for the 24 guided-missile fast boats to be deployed in shallow waters in the western part of Indonesia and in North Sulawesi which are geographically dotted by small islands and divided by straits. Indonesia now has 4 KCR-40s (Kapal Cepat Rudal 40-meter, literally means 40-meters Fast Missile Boat), all in full commission by December 20, 2013. KCR-40s was 45 percent locally sourced and is designed and built solely locally, worth Rp 73 billion ($7.98 million) each and has a top speed of 30 knots. The boats are provided with Chinese C-705 anti-ship missiles with a range up to 120 kilometres (75 mi), a 6-barreled 30-millimeter close-in weapons system and two 20-millimeters guns.
Indonesian Navy also prepared to acquire their three new warships, classified as Bung Tomo class corvette, after its leading ship, KRI Bung Tomo 357. These warships formerly belonged to Brunei, but has been rejected after being stated "does not meet the requirements" made by Brunei officials.
On December 2013, Indonesian Ministry of Defense stated that Indonesian Navy planned to buy several used Kilo class submarine still commissioned by the Russian Navy. A team consisted of Indonesian Navy experts will be sent to Russia to inspect the condition of future submarines.
Integrated Maritime Surveillance Systems
With various coast-line radars, Indonesia has one of the world's longest Integrated Maritime Surveillance Systems (IMSS). The network covers more than 1,205 kilometres (749 mi) of coastline in the Straits of Malacca and about 1,285 kilometres (798 mi) of coastline in the Sulawesi Sea.
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