Indonesian Navycommitted to improving Marine Corps' capabilities

Indonesian Navycommitted to improving Marine Corps' capabilities

Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji shakes hands with the new Marine Corps commander Major General Suhartono (right) and Major General Mayjen TNI (Mar) Bambang Suswantono (left), the former commander, after a handing over ceremony of the post at Marine Corps Headquarters in Cilandak, Jakarta, on Thursday , (27/12). (Imam Budilaksono)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Navy expressed its commitment to enhancing the Marine Corps` combat capabilities, one of which being through modernizing the primary weapons defense system (alutsista), Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji remarked.

"The Indonesian Navy also holds various trainings and assignments in an attempt to increase the skills of the Marine Corps," Adji stated here on Thursday.

Adji noted that an increase in combat capabilities can meet the demands of the Indonesian Navy, particularly the Marine Corps.

The nation`s stability is at threat from terrorism, radicalism, piracy, illegal immigrants, drug trafficking, environmental damage, and natural disasters, among others.

Adji opined that all forms of threats must be addressed by the Navy, including the Marine Corps, which is expected to be a multi-functional force.

So far, he noted, the Marine Corps had demonstrated its active role in producing professional troops, with a strong commitment to safeguarding the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

"The Marine Corps are involved in securing the outer and remote islands," he noted.

The Indonesian Navy had earlier expressed readiness to commission its new submarine manufactured by state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia after it was confirmed to be delivered in October.

Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji informed the press here on Monday that the submarine will be the third order for the firm.

Two other submarines, delivered last year, were built jointly by PT PAL Indonesia and a South Korean ship builder at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) facility in Okpo, South Korea.

He explained that the third submarine was completely built and assembled in the firm`s dockyard in Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya, under a technology transfer agreement with South Korea.

"By the end of the year, around October, we will commission the submarine manufactured by PT PAL Indonesia," he added.

Adji reiterated that the Indonesian Navy had continued to develop its weaponry defense system until 2024.

"We will continuously replace warships that are already downgraded. Gradually, we will improve our weaponry defense system," he noted.

In addition to submarine, the Indonesian Navy has ordered other warships from PT PAL Indonesia five years ago, including the Landing Platform Dock (LPD) and fast missile boat, with some of them delivered in the past two years.

"Some warships delivered from PT PAL have already been operated," Adji noted.
Editing by Eliswan Azly