20 Mei 2024

RMN Launched The RMN 15 to 5 Transformation Programme Realignment

20 Mei 2024

Realignment of the RMN 15 to 5 Program (all infographics: Malaysian Defence)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) launched the RMN 15 to 5 Transformation Program Realignment document during the 2024 Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition in early May.

Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Ayob said the document was very important for the RMN to take steps to become a powerful and dynamic force, on par with the more modern navies of foreign countries.

“I believe that if this plan is implemented as planned, RMN will definitely have the capabilities it needs in the future,“ he said in his address in conjunction with RMN’s 90th Anniversary.

He said significant changes would also be seen especially through the acquisition of new assets such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Littoral Mission Ship Batch 2 (LMSB2) and Multi Role Support Ship (MRSS) which have long been delayed.

“The acquisition of these assets will undoubtedly strengthen and enhance the frontline defence of the country,“ he added.

Abdul Rahman said that to enhance organisational effectiveness and establish more efficient and relevant governance channels, RMN will reorganise the governance channels of several headquarters, overhaul several units, and establish new units through the RMN Organisational Restructuring 2024, known as Re-org 24.

“This includes the establishment of the RMN Warfare and Doctrine Centre or ‘PUSPED’ to strengthen aspects of warfare and doctrine in the Navy.

“In addition, the results of Re-org 24 will also see the implementation of refinements to the appointments of Other Ranks (LLP) personnel, involving a total of 473 appointments, with 130 of them being various specialty appointments that will be promoted,“ he said.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman noted that the changing and increasingly challenging defense landscape demanded the national defence to be equipped accordingly, with the current assets now aging.

“As a maritime nation, Malaysia critically needs a capable navy to protect its territorial sovereignty and maritime interests,“ he said.

See full article Bernama via The Sun

Australia Announced Record Defense Budget

20 Mei 2024

An Australian Army M1A1 Abrams Tank (photo: Aus DoD)

A generational investment in Australia’s Defence

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering historic investments in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), our people, our capabilities, our defence industry and our region, as we further strengthen the defence of our nation. 

The 2024 National Defence Strategy and 2023 Defence Strategic Review call for significant and urgent changes to our defence settings to respond to our complex strategic environment and deliver an integrated, focused Defence Force.

The 2024-25 Budget sees Defence funding increase to $764.6 billion over the decade to support a more capable and self-reliant Defence Force that can safeguard Australia’s security into the future. 

At the centre of the Albanese Government’s renewed investment in Defence is the allocation of $330 billion over the decade to 2033-34 for the rebuilt Integrated Investment Program – a significant lift compared to the $270 billion allocated as part of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan. 

This includes:
-An additional $5.7 billion over the forward estimates – the largest increase to Defence spending over a forward estimates period in decades.                      
-An additional $50.3 billion over the next decade.
As a result of these significant investments, the annual Defence budget will grow to an estimated $100 billion by 2033-34 compared to $53 billion this financial year. 

This will see Defence funding as a proportion of Gross Domestic Product reach over 2.3% by 2033-34 – more than 0.2% higher than the spending trajectory set by the former Coalition government.

The Albanese Government’s commitment to Defence is an investment in a future made in Australia – ensuring we keep Australians safe, while delivering jobs and opportunities right across the country for decades to come. 

Integrated Investment Program
The 2024 Integrated Investment Program (IIP) supports the Albanese Government’s funding decisions by prioritising investments that help meet our changing strategic environment. 

This will include $11.1 billion over the decade to support the Government’s response to the Surface Combatant Fleet review, providing a larger and more lethal surface fleet, and an additional $1 billion over the next four years to accelerate ADF preparedness including long-range strike, targeting and autonomous systems. 

2024-25 Budget initiatives 
As the 2024-25 Budget outlines, the Albanese Government is also investing in other crucial areas to strengthen our defence settings, including: 

-$81.9 million towards defence industry for critical jobs, including for scholarships, attracting and recruiting apprentices under the Shipbuilding Employment Pathways Initiative, supply chain support and uplifting the defence industrial workforce.
-$166.2 million over five years from 2023-24 in grants to support small and medium businesses and local defence industry as part of the Defence Industry Development Strategy.
-$28 million over 2024-25 to 2027-28 to implement reforms under the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act 2024, including to support industry engagement and accelerate trade between AUKUS partners.
-$232.3 million of international military support and assistance activities between 2023-24 and 2024-25, including $144.3 million in additional military support to Ukraine.
-$17.5 million to establish a new Parliamentary Joint Committee on Defence to enhance parliamentary oversight and understanding of Defence’s role in responding to Australia’s challenging strategic environment. 

The Defence funding confirmed in the 2024-25 Budget advances the implementation of the Government’s six immediate priorities announced in response to the Defence Strategic Review. It will also deliver the capabilities required to achieve an integrated, focused Defence Force across all domains – maritime, land, air, space and cyber – in line with the concept of National Defence.

Importantly, the 2024-25 Budget confirms the Albanese Government’s commitment to set out an affordable, achievable, and sustainable plan for now and the future which delivers the capabilities, jobs and investment in local Australian industry needed to support our Defence Force and safeguard Australia’s security. 

19 Mei 2024

Koarmada III Laksanakan Latihan Vertical Replenishment di Perairan Halmahera

18 Mei 2024

Vertical Replenishment menggunakan helikopter (photos: Koarmada3)

TNI AL/Koarmada III -- Dalam rangka meningkatan kemampuan dan profesionalisme Prajurit Jalasena Koarmada III dalam menjaga kedaulatan NKRI, Satgas Operasi Trisila-24 Koarmada III, dibawah Komando Komandan Gugus Tempur Laut (Danguspurla) Koarmada III Laksamana Pertama TNI Wawan Trisatya Atmaja, SE. MAP., melaksanakan beberapa latihan di laut, salah satunya adalah serial latihan Vertical Replenishment (Vertrep) di Perairan Laut Halmahera, Halmahera Selatan.

Adapun Vertrep merupakan suatu metode dalam pembekalan di laut atau Replenishment At Sea (RAS) dengan menggunakan sarana kemampuan helikopter, dimana dalam pembekalan tersebut Heli tidak landing di kapal. Sabtu (11/05/24).

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China, Cambodia Begin 15-day Military Exercises

19 Mei 2024

The Chinese Navy’s amphibious landing ship Qilianshan arrives at Sihanoukville autonomous port on May 13, 2024 (photo: Ream Naval Base)

Sixth Golden Dragon military exercises kick off from Thursday

The Golden Dragon Exercise 2024 will kick off in Kampong Chhnang and Preah Sihanouk provinces for 15 days, with the participation of over 2,000 Cambodian and Chinese armed forces personnel, with the aim of contributing to support the comprehensive strategic partnership and building a shared destiny between both countries.

The joint military exercise will take place from Thursday to May 30, at the Military Police Training Centre (Phnom Chum Rik Reay) in Peam commune, Samakki Meanchey district in Kampong Chhnang and at Ream Naval Base in Preah Sihanouk.

Chinese troops participating in the "Golden Dragon 2024"  joint exercise unload weapons and equipment after arriving at the Sihanoukville (photo: China MoD)

Major General Thong Solimo, Deputy Director of Information and Communication at the General Command and spokesman for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), said that, “It’s the sixth Cambodian-Chinese military exercise and will be even larger than before, with more than 1,300 Cambodian troops, more than 700 Chinese troops, three large Chinese warships and 11 Cambodian warships”.

“The exercise will feature live ammunition firing, an annual bilateral cooperation between Cambodia and China aimed at exchanging experiences,” he said.

An armored vehicle being loaded onto the landing ship Qilianshan before it departs for Cambodia (photo: CCTV)

He said that combat vehicles, weapons and firearms, demining equipment, communicable disease protection gear, chemical weapons defence equipment, communications equipment and a multi-functional Type-071 Navy fighter for transport all will be deployed during the exercise.

“There will also be helicopters participating during the closing exercise, and three Chinese naval vessels currently docked in Preah Sihanouk province,” he said.

See full article Khmer Times

High-Level Delegation from PT PAL Visited LUNAS Shipyard

19 Mei 2024

Delegation from PT PAL visited  the Lumut Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (photos: LUNAS)

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition & Conference 2024 and National Security (NATSEC) 2024 event, a high-level delegation from PT PAL Indonesia visited the Lumut Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (LUNAS) shipyard on May 8th, 2024.

The delegation, led by PT PAL Indonesia's Marketing Director, Mr. Willgo Zainar, included Mr. Teguh Supriyantoro, General Manager of Marketing, and Ms. Emira Noor Shakina Octavia, Marketing Manager. They were received by their counterparts from LUNAS: Mr. Syed Ahyattudin Shid Idris, Head of LUNAS Shiprepair, Ir. Muhammad Hanif Muhammad, Head of Corporate Strategy and Development, and Mr. Muhammad Aidil Abu, Deputy Project Director of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

This visit signifies a commitment by both companies to strengthen ties and collaborate for mutual benefit. The MoU lays the groundwork for future cooperation in shipbuilding, with a focus on developing innovative solutions and driving advancements in the industry. Through this partnership, LUNAS and PT PAL Indonesia aim to bolster maritime capabilities in Southeast Asia, thereby contributing to regional security and economic growth within the maritime sector.

The collaboration presents exciting opportunities for expertise sharing, technology transfer, and joint research and development initiatives. By working together, LUNAS and PT PAL Indonesia hope to push the boundaries of the maritime and defense industry, ushering in a new era of excellence and progress. This partnership not only strengthens bilateral relations between the two companies but also underscores their shared commitment to promoting maritime interests in the region.

18 Mei 2024

HMAS Anzac (III) Farewelled After 28 Years of Service

18 Mei 2024

HMAS Anzac (III)-150 (photo: Aus DoD)

he Royal Australian Navy’s First Lady of the Fleet, HMAS Anzac (III), has been farewelled after 28 years of service during a decommissioning ceremony at her home port of HMAS Stirling in Perth.

​HMAS Anzac - the longest-serving commissioned vessel in the Navy - was farewelled by many crew who have called her home over 28 years of service.

​The decommissioning recognises the stories of bravery, service, and sacrifice of the ship and her company.

​Commissioned on 18th May 1996, HMAS Anzac is the third Royal Australian Navy ship to carry the name of the Australian legend.

​Anzac was granted freedom of entry to the City of Albany, Western Australia, the departure port for the original ANZAC contingent, and has forged a close association with the City of Rockingham over many years.

​The ship participated in many deployments and operations during its service, most famously when she was deployed to the Gulf region in October 2002, and was part of what is now known as ‘Five Inch Friday’, the first time that the Royal Australian Navy had engaged in combat naval gunfire support since the Vietnam War.

​Decommissioning HMAS Anzac will pave the way for the long-term investment in enlarging and enhancing Navy’s fleet, in response to the recommendations made by the Independent Analysis of Navy’s Surface Combatant Fleet.

Quotes attributable to Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, AO, RAN:
​“HMAS Anzac’s motto is ‘united we stand’ and I am very proud to say that the personnel and veterans who have served on board have stood united to protect Australia’s maritime interests within the region.

​“An Australian warship is a strategic capability, but it is also a home, a sanctuary for those in peril on the sea and a floating embassy representing Australia abroad.

​“Thousands of men and women have called this ship home since it was commissioned in 1996, and for some, HMAS Anzac represents key milestones in their lives and I thank each and every one of them, and their families for their support.”

KSAL: TNI AL Berupaya Rampungkan Renstra dan Postur Kekuatan ke Depan

17 Mei 2024

Rencana postur TNI AL (photo: istimewa)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Laut (KSAL) Laksamana TNI Muhammad Ali menyebut TNI AL pada 2024 berupaya merampungkan dua dokumen strategis-nya pada 2024, yaitu Rencana Strategis (Renstra) TNI AL 2025–2029 dan Postur Pembangunan Kekuatan TNI AL 2025–2044.

KSAL menjelaskan dua dokumen itu nantinya menjadi pedoman pembangunan kekuatan TNI AL ke depan, terutama setelah berakhirnya pembangunan kekuatan pokok minimum (MEF) pada akhir 2024.

"Tahun ini merupakan tahap terakhir dalam mewujudkan kekuatan pokok minimum, yang artinya 2024 juga menjadi awal untuk menyiapkan dua dokumen strategis TNI AL, yaitu Postur Pembangunan Kekuatan TNI AL 2025–2044 dan Rencana Strategis TNI AL 2025–2029," kata Laksamana Ali saat memberi sambutan pada acara seminar internasional "Future Submarine" di Jakarta, Selasa.

Dia menjelaskan dokumen strategis itu yang saat ini masih disusun TNI AL juga berpedoman kepada visi Indonesia menjadi negara maju pada 2045, yang juga disebut dengan Visi Indonesia Emas 2045.

Dalam mendukung Indonesia Emas 2045, TNI AL dalam postur pembangunan kekuatan sampai 2044 juga mengangkat visi untuk menjadi angkatan laut yang modern, menggentarkan di kawasan (regionally-deterrent), dan berproyeksi global (globally-projected).

"Visi itu mengakui ke depan TNI AL bakal menghadapi ragam tantangan dan risiko yang berkembang pesat, yang kompleks, dan tak dapat diprediksi baik dalam lingkup global, regional, maupun nasional. Oleh karena itu, TNI AL pun dituntut untuk tangkas, adaptif, dan punya resiliensi yang baik," kata Laksamana Ali.

Gambaran usulan sejumlah alutsista TNI AL dalam paparan yang pernah disampaikan Kasal (photo: Pasmar1)

Dia mencontohkan konflik dan ketegangan yang saat ini terjadi baik di tingkat global seperti pandemi COVID-19, perang Rusia-Ukraina, perang Israel-Hamas, krisis di Laut Merah, atau pun di tingkat kawasan seperti ketegangan di Selat Taiwan dan Laut China Selatan, kemudian di dalam negeri ada masalah keamanan di Papua merupakan gambaran lingkungan strategis saat ini yang dinamis dan kompleks.

Tidak hanya itu, kompleksitas itu juga ditemukan pada kemajuan teknologi pertahanan yang saat ini terlihat dari penggunaan teknologi berbasis siber, kecerdasan buatan (AI), dan persenjataan/alutsista nirawak (unmanned system).

Faktor-faktor itu, menurut KSAL, turut mempengaruhi perencanaan pembangunan kekuatan TNI AL baik dalam dokumen renstra-nya maupun postur pembangunan kekuatannya untuk jangka panjang.

Terkait itu, KSAL menyoroti secara khusus penguasaan teknologi kapal selam dalam rencana pembangunan kekuatan TNI AL. Ali menilai penguasaan teknologi kapal selam modern merupakan simbol angkatan laut yang maju. KSAL pun berpendapat penting bagi industri pertahanan dalam negeri untuk menguasai teknologi itu dan membangun kemandirian untuk memproduksi kapal selam ke depannya.

Oleh karena itu, dia yakin seminar yang membahas secara khusus proyeksi teknologi masa depan kapal selam (future submarine) yang digelar oleh Yayasan Hiu Kencana dapat menjadi masukan yang berharga bagi TNI AL dalam penyusunan renstra dan postur kekuatannya.

"Melihat kondisi TNI AL saat ini, kita membutuhkan upaya yang komprehensif untuk membangun kekuatan kapal selam yang efektif," tutur Laksamana Ali.