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Indonesian Fleet Command Formed to Deal with South China Sea Situation
TheIndonesia.id - The Chief of Indonesia's Naval Staff, Admiral TNI Yudo Margono, said the formation of the Indonesian Fleet Command is to deal with challenges and threats in Indonesian waters, including the situation in the South China Sea (SCS).
"It's no secret that the situation at SCS will be a challenge for us all. I think this is all understood, it's no longer a secret," said Admiral Margono after inaugurating the Indonesian Fleet Command's establishment at the Fleet Command Pier I Pondok Dayung, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Thursday, February 3, 2022.
According to him, as quoted by Antara, the Fleet Command formation is very necessary because there are several "trouble spots" in the western region, including the Natuna Sea, the Malacca Strait, the Singapore Strait, and the border with India. "And in the east, it is in Ambalat, the Pacific, then in the Arafuru Sea. So with these various challenges, the Indonesia Fleet Command was formed," explained Margono.
Margono said the Indonesian Fleet Command is the Main Operational Command which is located under and responsible to the TNI Commander and the Main Command for Development which is under and responsible to the Chief of Naval Staff which was formed based on Presidential Regulation Number 66 of 2019, TNI Commander Regulation Number 23 of 2021 and Regulation of the Chief of Naval Staff Number 3 of 2022.
Margono also confirmed and took the oath of Vice Admiral (Laksdya) TNI Agung Prasetiawan as the first Commander of the Indonesian Fleet Command. The inauguration was carried out based on the decision of the TNI Commander Number Decision 66/I/2022 dated January 21, 2022, concerning Dismissal from and Appointments in Position within the TNI.
In carrying out organizational functions, the Indonesian Fleet Commander is assisted by the Chief of Staff who coordinates the tasks of the auxiliary leadership elements consisting of Inspectors, Heads of Expert Staff Groups, and Assistants, as well as service elements and elements of the implementing agency.
Consolidates There Fleet Commands
The Commander of the Fleet Command of the Republic of Indonesia in charge of the Commander of the First Fleet Command, the Commander of the Second Fleet Command, the Commander of the Third Fleet Command, the Commander of the Operational Command for the Submarine Unit, as well as several other commanders.
As the main operational and development Command, whose work area stretches from Sabang to Merauke and from Miangas to Rote Island, the Indonesian Fleet Command has three Fleet Commands that are responsible for developing and operating the Integrated Fleet Weapon System (SSAT) consisting of warships (KRI) ), aircraft, Marines, and bases.
The First Fleet Command, based in Jakarta, led by Rear Admiral TNI Arsyad Abdullah, is responsible for the development and operation of its command in the Indonesian Western Waters, which stretches from North to South, which is marked by an imaginary line that divides West Kalimantan with Central Kalimantan to West Java with Central Java.
The Second Fleet Command based in Surabaya, led by Rear Admiral TNI Iwan Isnurwanto, is responsible for the development and operation of his command in the Central Indonesian Waters, which is marked by an imaginary line bordering the working area of Koarmada I in the west and an imaginary line stretching from North to South in the Indonesian Archipelagic Sea Lane (ALKI) III.
The Third Fleet Command, based in Sorong, led by Rear Admiral TNI Irvansyah, is responsible for the development and operation of its command in the Eastern Indonesian waters, which is marked to the west by an imaginary line bordering the working area of the Second Commando in ALKI III.
In the operational aspect, the three fleets are in charge of the Marine Combat Group and the Maritime Security Group, while in the coaching aspect they are in charge of the Main Base, Base, Ship Unit consisting of Escort Ship Unit, Submarine Unit, Amphibious Ship Unit, Fast Ship Unit, Mines Ship Unit, and Auxiliary Ship Units. While the Patrol Vessel Unit is under the ranks of the Main Base. The three Fleet Commands also oversee the Air Unit, Marine Unit, and the Training Command as well as the Intelligence Detachment.