TNI Commander Inaugurates Four New Units of TNI in Sorong

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(Puspen TNI). Commander of the TNI Marshal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, S.I.P. accompanied by TNI Mulyono, TNI Admiral Ade Supandi, S.E., M.A.P. and the Marshal Air Force Yuyu Sutisna, S.I.P. inaugurated four new units and the change of name of TNI unit in Mako Armada III Sorong, West Papua, Friday (5/11/2018).

TNI Commander in his speech said that the inauguration of four new units namely Infantry 3 / Kostrad Division, Fleet Command (Koarmada) III Navy, Pasmar 3 Marine Corps and Air Force Operations Command (Koopsau) III, and the change of name of TNI unit namely Fleet Command RI West Region (Koarmabar) to Koarmada-I and Command of the Eastern Fleet (Koarmatim) to Koarmada-II is part of the TNI plan which has been stated in Presidential Regulation Number 10 Year 2010 and Presidential Regulation Number 62 Year 2016 and 100 Commander Commemorative Program TNI.

"With this new TNI unit, the space dimension fulfills the elements of complete kematraan, it is expected to work synergistically and interoperable, to face the threat and to mitigate the problems in eastern Indonesia region quickly," said the TNI Commander.

According to the TNI Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, the effort to establish the four new TNI units, has high strategic value and a fairly complex background, due to the development of world military power, especially in Asia is one of the benchmarks in the balance of power, the current military spending in Asia has already surpassed Europe.

Furthermore, the TNI Commander said that nowadays there has been a paradigm shift in the development of military strength and capability. European countries are heading towards the perspective of change from the present to the modern in view of the military role that leads to non-combat functions to deal with non-traditional threats.

"While Asian countries are experiencing an intellectual path in the opposite direction, towards the military modernization becomes increasingly assertive, especially on maritime forces," he said.

On the other hand, TNI Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said that Indonesia with a wide area stretching from Sabang to Merauke, has both geographical opportunities and challenges and gives Indonesia the opportunity to become a maritime axis of the world, as a channel of communication and trade traffic.

"Geographical challenge is how Indonesia, able to maintain security both public security, maritime and national, which led to the maintenance of the integrity and sovereignty of NKRI," he said.

The TNI Commander said that with the widespread spectrum of threats and challenges facing TNI thought in developing the organization, especially towards the east.

"TNI's strategic planning in the future is to prioritize the synergy and interoperability of the TNI, so that the formation of new TNI units in Eastern Indonesia is implemented simultaneously including the 3 / Kostrad Infantry Division in Makassar, Koarmada III in Sorong, Koopsau III in Biak and Pasmar-3 Marine Corps in Sorong, "he explained.

On that occasion, TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto congratulated Maj. Gen. Achmad Marzuki as Commander of the 3 / Kostrad Infantry Division, Laksda TNI I Nyoman Gede Ariawan, S.E., M.M. as Commander of Koarmada III, Marsma TNI Tamsil Gustari Malik, S.E. as Pangkoopsau III, and Brigadier TNI (Mar) Amir Faisol, S. Sos., M.M. as Commander of Pasmar-3 Marine Corps.

Answering the question of the media crew, the TNI Commander said that the Sorong area is prime because the eastern end of the sea is in Sorong and it is expected that the development being carried out by the government is combined with the TNI's development strategy so that there will be synergy between Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and development strategy in TNI.  

"It is true that in the eastern region for the parent units, especially the combat units have not existed so we very soon realize the plan, the main purpose to carry out operations on the border to maintain security stability," he said.

Related to the personnel to be deployed in the new unit, TNI Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said that the placement of personnel in accordance with the list of personnel and equipment and organizational tables and equipment, but the filling is not straightforward but gradually.

"In accordance with the government policy, combat units are not only deployed in Java, but are scattered throughout Indonesia including the new TNI new unit in Sorong Papua, which was inaugurated," he said.