Interoperability-Field Training Exercise (FTX-IIP) Marine Exercise (MAREX 2009), East Java, Indonesia

October 23, 2009

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The marines of Indonesia (Korps Marinir-TNI AL) and the United States (USMC) conducted a joint amphibious landing exercise at the Banongan Beach, Asembagus, Situbondo in East Java on Sunday, the national Antara news agency reported. The exercise, called the Interoperability-Field Training Exercise (FTX-IIP) Marine Exercise (MAREX 2009), was in a series of Joint Exercises held by the Indonesian and the U.S. Marine Corps. MAREX 2009 is a multi-lateral training exercise designed to enhance interoperability and communication between the U.S. and Indonesia militaries.

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Alfan Baharudin, Commander of the Indonesian Marine Corps, said in the opening remarks of the exercise that the Indonesian-American Marine Corps joint exercises had succeeded in increasing cooperation between the two. “Indusa (Indonesia-USA) MAREX 2009 exercise which involved 1,300 personnel from both countries, is a large scale joint exercise ever held by the Indonesian and American Marines,” he said, adding that he expected both Marine Corps would work together to learn, so as to increase personnel capabilities.

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According to him, the Indonesian Marines will gain new knowledge about city war (Marine Operations Urban Terrain) in the exercises, while the U.S. Marines will have knowledge of the system used in forest battle.

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“Indonesia is an important partner and the ARG/MEU team looks forward to this opportunity to work with TNI and local officials,” said Commodore Rodney Clark, the ARG commander. “This is a great opportunity to build an even stronger relationship between our countries.” USMC embarked aboard Cleveland and Rushmore from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit will integrate with Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and local residents during military-to-military engagement opportunities as well as engineering, medical and dental civic action projects. Navy medical and dental teams aboard Cleveland and Rushmore are scheduled to augment local providers offering services ashore to local residents.

The exercise held in Selogiri Forest, Banyuwangi Residence, East Java (Jawa Timur) with one of them was jungle patrol & survival. The weather was clear and became hotter in the middle of the day. Hundreds of USMC marines were enthusiastic and ready with their full gears like preparing for the real battle action.

Selogiri forest is ideal tropical forest that is very suitable for military exercise and has characteristic to be able for the troops to do some maneuvers while taking jungel war. The trees quite packed with sound of sparkling water and birds welcame the US marines entered the field they not familiar with it. “Show me the jungle,” said one of the marines to a guide from Indonesian marines Serma. Mar. M. Ani Rosidin.

For detail, this first session of survival exercise followed by 362 US marines and guided by 16 trainers, 3 interpreters, 4 communication personnel, 5 recon marines with all from Indonesian marines.

This joint exercise is commanded by Colonel Mar. Nur Alamsyah and held in 4 locations, Banongan Beach, Marines Training Center of Marinir-TNI AL Karangtekok-Situbondo, Pasewaran and Selogiri Forest, Banyuwangi, all in East Java Province.

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From 362 US marines, for jungle survival picnic, divided into 2 groups with each group divided into 5 teams, guided and supported by trainers and doctors from Korps Marinir-TNI AL. Some handicaps and mines were installed and some sound of explosive units were heard during this session. Before entering this jungle war exercise session, the US marine had been given the basic knowledge regarding the technique how to survive in the jungle, like how to select, eat and treat the forest fruit/plant and some wild tropical animals like snake. Each group must survive within 4 days without logistic in this session.

Because of the hot temperature and challenging trail, reported 10 US marines were exhausted and must get evacuated from this Indonesian marine training field by medical team during this exercise.

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Taken from alutsista.blogspot.com, beritahankam.blogspot.com


Indonesian Dream: Guided Missile Escort Ship

May 19, 2009

Republic of Indonesia (RI) is the country that lies on equator line, in between India and Pacific ocean and consists of more than 17 thousand islands that spreads in distance equals to LA and New York distance. With that specific condition and its importance related to international business and politics path, the maritime power of Indonesia has big challenge related to new emerging powers that surrounds the country, the pirates problems againts Indonesian armed force’s litlle budget.

Indonesia anyway must compromise between their need to lift economy development because still many people classified as poor class citizen (cited from Biro Pusat Statistic-Statistic Center Bueareu, as of 2006, an estimated 17.8% of the population live below the US 1.08 consumption/day or World Bank’s poverty line, 49.0% of the population live on less than US$2 per day and unemployment rate at 9.75%) and the nation security (c.q. nation pride). To compromise those goals, recently there are many ideas to develop our own strategic state companies by small research works through retrofits and clone the old or unserviced armaments, trial and error works, transfer of technology (ToT) and licensed agreements. One of Indonesian dream is to build state of the art vessel in our factory, in our teritory.  PT PAL as the only realiable strategic stae company of Indonesia that bases in Surabaya City has the chalenge to do it. PT Pal goes with their stronger proposal to plan (if yet not to build) Indonesian corvette with some helps of more developed industrial countries with upgraded program to be “guided missile escort ship” (after fail on ToT agreement upon production 3rd and 4th Sigma class corvette in Surabaya from Royal Schelde Naval Shipbuilding Vlissingen-Netherland).

Until now, the national corvette slogan among the military community and enthusiastic people in Indonesia is very popular. Yes, it is one of the ideas of Indonesia government to provide high technology strategic armament independently within country. It slogan heard for the first time since 2004. Principally, at that moment, that battleship had overall length 80 meters. If to be compared, that vessel equal to KRI Fatahillah (361), a Dutch made vessel.

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TNI AL as a user welcomed seriously and with enthusiasm, and if that program worked smoothly, in 2006 the design would be expanded to be frigate class ship design, with overall length about 104 meters and would be assisted by ship builder from Italy, Fincantierri.

A change happened again. The hull length was lengthened to be 105 meters and the program is renamed to be Guided Missile Escort 105 meters or kapal Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) as more popular name among the TNI AL (Navy) community. The idea came from the possibility to equip the ship with bigger caliber gun. That ship has already current design trend with stealth concept. Particular corners at the vessel body have been designed by means of scientific calculation to deflect opponent radar signal optimally. The design also includes the elimination of open area as existed in conventional vessel and design of stealth tower and smokestack of the ship.

For the engine will use same concept as Sigma class ship has, that is Combination Diesel and Diesel (CODAD). For the weapon, the main one is positioned in frontage of the ship and another is on behind the main weapon for underwater mortar. Shifting backward, particularly on the ship platform there will be anti-aircraft missile Sinbad or Aspide class (air-to air missile). Similar system also designed in the back close to superstructure or helicopter deck. There will be also torpedo launcher on both sides.

Credit to: Karbol, militaryphotos, Angkasa Magazine, etc.


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