"I have strong ambitions to turn the TNI AL into a world class navy, to put it on par with navies of developed countries," Naval Chief of Staff Admiral Marsetio said at a event marking Indonesian Fleet Day at the pier of the Eastern Indonesian Fleet Command in Surabaya, East Java, on Thursday.
Therefore, to create a world class navy, he said the TNI AL will give priority to building the character of its personnel and organization in a comprehensive way.
He noted that the character of the navy is excellent in terms of organization, operation and human resources, he said.
As such, TNI AL will be able to achieve its vision -- creating a reliable, respected and world-class navy, he said.
The symposium will also have an impact on the strategic assessment of the TNI AL at regional and international levels.
Nearly 350 participants from countries grouped in the Indian Oceans Naval Symposium (IONS) and Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) will attend the three-day symposium in Jakarta.
Naval Chief of Staff Admiral Marsetio will officially inaugurate the symposium, with Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro as a keynote speaker. (*)