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Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut
(Indonesian Navy)
Lambang TNI AL.pngp
TNI-AL insignia
Founded 10 September 1945
Country  Indonesia
Allegiance Presidential Standard of Indonesia.svg President of Indonesia
Type Navy
Size 74,000 active duty personnel
Nickname(s) TNI-AL
Motto Jalesveva Jayamahe
(Sanskrit, lit: "Victorious on the Sea")
Anniversaries 10 September 1945 (founded)
Engagements Battle of Arafura Sea
Operation Trikora
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Incorporation of West Papua into Indonesia
Indonesian Invasion of East Timor
Insurgency in Aceh
Commander-in-Chief President Joko Widodo
Chief of Staff Admiral Ade Supandi
Vice Chief of Staff vacant
Naval Jack Naval Jack of Indonesia.svg
Naval Aviation Roundel & Fin Flash 75px Flag of Indonesia.svg

The Indonesian Navy (Indonesian: Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut, TNI–AL) was founded on 10 September 1945. Its role is to patrol Indonesia's lengthy coastline, to enforce and patrol the territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Indonesia, to protect Indonesia's maritime strategic interests, to protect the islands surrounding Indonesia, and to defend against seaborne threats.

The Indonesian Navy is the largest navy in South East Asia based on the number of active personnel and ships. As of 2009, the Indonesian Navy had about 75,000 active personnel and more than 150 vessels in active service. The Indonesian Navy is one of a few navies in the region backed by a substantial domestic defence industry, marine corps, and armed with supersonic missiles and attack submarines.

The Indonesian Navy is headed by a Navy Chief of Staff (Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut - Kasal). The Indonesian Navy is strengthen by two major fleets known as "Armada" which are the Western Fleet located in Tanjung Priok and the Eastern Fleet located in Surabaya with one Military Sealift Command (Komando Lintas Laut Militer). The Navy also heads the Marine Corps.

All commissioned ships of the TNI-AL have the prefix KRI, standing for Kapal Republik Indonesia (Republic of Indonesia Ship).


According to Law No.34/2004 on the Indonesian National Armed Forces, Article 9, the Navy has the following tasks:

  1. perform military duties in national defence;
  2. enforce the law and secure the order in the sea area of national jurisdiction in accordance with national laws and ratified international laws;
  3. perform diplomatic duties in support of foreign policy set by the government;
  4. engage other duties relevant for the maintenance and development of naval power;
  5. support civilian empowerment in sea defence areas.


Creation and actions during the revolution

The Indonesian Navy's history began on 10 September 1945, at the outset of the Indonesian National Revolution. The administration of the early Indonesian government established the People's Marine Security Agency (BKR Laut), the predecessor to the modern Indonesian Navy. BKR Laut was initially composed of Indonesian sailors who had served in the ranks of the Royal Netherlands Navy during the Dutch colonial period, and who had fought the Japanese during the years of military occupation, plus active militias who served with the Japanese and ex-Indonesian officers and ratings of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The formation of the Indonesian military organisation known as the People's Security Army (TKR) in 1945, at the height of the National Revolution, helped spur the further existence of the TKR Naval Branch - the Peoples' Security Navy (TLKR), which later became the Republic of Indonesia Navy (ALRI).

As the revolution grew and the Navy began its work, naval bases were established throughout the archipelago. Former ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy handed down to the new republic were acqurired. Simple strength did not discourage the Navy to deploy Sea Traffic Operations in order to spread the news of the proclamation and helping to form and train Republican military forces and militias nationwide. Besides, they also attempted to breach the Dutch naval blockade in order to obtain aid from abroad.

The newly-formed navy confronted the more superior Royal Netherlands Navy in Bali, Sibolga and Cirebon. Cross-sea operations are also able to prepare the armed forces in South Kalimantan, Bali and Sulawesi. Limitations in strength and ability to lead the Navy had to divert the struggle in the countryside, after most boats were sunk and nearly all bases battered by the Dutch and Allied military forces. But the determination to participate again in the sea never subsided. In the hard times during the National Revolution the Navy succeeded in forming the Fleet Forces (CA), Marine Corps (CM), and educational institutions in various places. The formation of these elements mark the presence of aspects for the formation of a modern national navy.

After the revolution

The end of the War of Independence marked the development of the Navy as a modern Navy. In accordance with the results of the Round Table Conference, since 1949, the Navy received a variety of war equipment such as ships - battleships and its various supporting facilities such as Naval Base. This step in the consolidation of the body along with the Navy, revamping the organization and recruitment of personnel through educational institutions before manning naval equipment. During 1949-1959 the Navy managed to enhance the strength and improve its capabilities. In the field of organization the Navy reorganized the Fleet Forces, the Marine Corps - then the Korps Komando Angkatan Laut (KKO-AL - Naval Commando Corps Command), Naval Aviation and a number of Naval Regions as territorial defense command aspects of the sea. Navy combat equipment grew, both from the Dutch and from other various countries.

With the increased strength and the capability, the Navy began refining the strategy, tactics, and techniques of marine operations are directly applied in a variety of military operations in order to deal with separatist movements that have sprung up in the year from 1950 to 1959. In assignment operations PRRI in Sumatra, Permesta , Darul Islam in West Java, and RMS in the Moluccas, the Navy gained lessons in applying the concept of marine operations, amphibious operations, and joint operations with other forces.

At the height of the Cold War

File:Submarine Monument Surabaya 3.JPG
KRI Pasopati, a Whiskey-class submarine which is now a museum ship

At the time of the country started to recover from the threat of disintegration, in 1959, the Navy launched a program known as Menuju Angkatan Laut yang Jaya. The Navy experienced a significant progress until 1965. This is motivated by the politics of confrontation in order to seize West Irian. As part of the increasing military ties between Indonesia and the Warsaw Pact, various naval combat equipment from Eastern European countries strengthened the Navy and become the dominant force at the time. Some military equipment served in the ranks of the Navy, among others Sverdlov-class cruiser, Skoryy-class destroyer, Riga-class frigate, Whiskey-class submarine (the first such vessels to be used in Southeast Asia), Komar-class missile boat, Ilyushin Il-28 long-range bomber aircraft and the PT-76 Amphibious light tanks of the Commando Corps. With such power in the era of the 1960s the Navy was called the largest Navy in Southeast Asia.

The Indonesian government claimed West Irian as part of Indonesia.The Dutch government however, rebuked these claims. The Indonesian Navy started preparing a couple of naval operations for the liberation of West Irian known as Operation Trikora. At the beginning of Trikora, fast-ship torpedo Navy ships have to deal with ships destroyers, frigates and aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Navy. On January 15, 1962 Commodore Yos Sudarso along with RI Macan Tutul sank in the sea battle in the Arafura Sea. This battle is known as the Vlakke Hoek incident. At that time the Navy is preparing to organize Operation Jayawijaya which would be the largest amphibious operation in the history of Indonesian military operations if commenced. No less than 100 warships and 16,000 sailors and Marines prepared in the operation. The deployment of forces forced the Dutch to return to negotiations and reached an agreement to hand over West Irian to Indonesia.

After seizing West Irian, Soekarno by 1963 moved his sights on Malaysia. Indonesia political confrontation against Neocolonialism and Imperialism (Nekolim) continued in Operation Dwikora to oppose the formation of Malaysia. Although elements of the Armed Forces of Indonesia has been prepared in the operation, the operations were limited to the infiltration operation along the Borneo frontier. Soldiers from the marines are involved in the operation.

1965 onwards

Operation Dwikora was discontinued in 1965 along with a succession of governments in Indonesia after an attempted coup d'etat took place in Jakarta, which were organized by the Indonesian Communist Party. Since 1966, the Navy experienced a new chapter in its history as the military integration efforts. With the integration of the armed forces organizationally and operationally been able to keep up on the implementation of tasks in the field of defense and security so doctrinally, the direction of development of the power and capabilities of each branch to be concentrated. The operations were prominent during the period of the 1970s was Operation Seroja in the framework of the integration of East Timor to Indonesia. Navy played an active role in the operation of landings, a joint ground operation, and transporting troops by sea.

Starting the 1980s the Navy began to modernize combat equipment. Ships made made in Eastern Europe that has been the core strength of the Navy in the era of the 1960s and 1970s is considered no longer meeting requirement of the Navy. The worsening relations between Indonesia and the Soviet Union after the government of President Sukarno resulted a cessation of military cooperation between the two countries and the Warsar Pact. Therefore, the Navy switched adopting Western technology to modernize the power and ability to buy warships, logistics vessels and other major combat equipment from various countries. Included among those commissioned during the Suharto presidency were Fatahillah-class corvette and Van Speijk-class frigate from The Netherlands, Type 209 submarine from West Germany, Fast Patrol boat from South Korea, and the GAF Nomad patrol aircraft from Australia. In 1993 the Navy also received 39 ships from the former Volksmarine (East German Navy), including 13 Parchim Class corvettes, the Frosch-class landing ship tank (LST), and 9 Kondor II-class minessweepers.

At the same time the Navy began to develop a non-combat military operations in the form of humanitarian service Surya Bhaskara Jaya in various remote areas in Indonesia that can only be reached by sea. The core of the operating activities of health services, construction and rehabilitation of public facilities and various counseling in health, law, and civil defense. This event is held regularly every year until now. A number of countries also participated in these activities, among others, Singapore, Australia and the United States. The navy also seeks promoting the development of the maritime sector long before the Department of Marine formed, especially those related to aspects of defense and security at sea. The actual activities undertaken today by the Navy is establishing marine development assessment bodies together with the government and private sectors in some areas, coastal village pilot program are summarized in Coastal Rural Development (Bindesir), and the National Potential Development Program for Maritime Defense (Binpotnaskuatmar). In order to inflame the marine life of the nation, the Navy held an international scale maritime event Arung Samudera 1995. The navy is also a major supporter of the proclaimed Year of Maritime 1996 and the Bunaken Declaration of 1998, which is a manifestation of marine development in Indonesia.

KRI Cut Nyak Dien


Indonesian Naval vessels
KRI Makassar 590

The navy comprises the following:

  • Headquarters Staff (HQ, Jakarta) under the overall command of the Navy Chief of Staff,
  • Two Fleet Commands :
    • Eastern Fleet Command, in Surabaya, conterminous with Army's KODAM V and KODAMs VII through XVIII and Air Force's Operation Command II.
    • Western Fleet Command, in Jakarta, conterminous with Army's KODAM Jaya, KODAM Iskandar Muda and KODAMs I through IV and VI and Air Force's Operation Command I.
  • Several Naval Main Bases and Naval Bases throughout Indonesia. Apart from the major bases at Surabaya and Jakarta, forward operating bases exist at Kupang, West Timor and Tahuna, Sulawesi.
  • Marine Corps, with two Marine Forces and an independent Marine Brigade
  • Naval Aviation Center,
  • Military Sealift Command – coordinates the navy's logistical support systems
  • Indonesian Naval Academy
  • Naval Education and Training Command
  • Women's Naval Service
  • Naval Police Command

Plans exist to have a single HQ at Surabaya, with commands at Riau (West), Papua (East), and Makassar (Central).[2] JDW reported on 12 November 2003 that Admiral Bernard Kent Sondakh, the Chief of Naval Staff, was advocating a plan to merge the two fleets to form a single Main Operations and Administration Defence Command, to be headed by a three-star officer and headquartered at Surabaya.[3]

Naval bases

Headquarter converted into sequential numbering of Lantamal I to XI according to the location from west to east on August 1, 2006 in line with the inauguration of the Naval Base (Lanal) Teluk Bayur in Padang, West Sumatra into Main Naval Base (Lantamal) II. In 2015, three Naval Base (Lanal) were upgraded to Main Naval Base (Lantamal) with the numbering of XII, XIII and XIV. The navy strength are spread across several Navy Main Base (Lantamal) under two main fleet command, namely:

  1. Western Fleet Command ("KOARMABAR")
    1. Main Naval Base I (Lantamal I) in Belawan, oversees naval bases covering Sabang, Dumai, Lhokseumawe, Tanjung Balai and Simeulue. The main naval base also oversee one Naval Air Station (Lanudal) Sabang and two facilities maintenance and repair (Fasharkan) in Sabang and Belawan. The main naval base is scheduled to be moved to Lhokseumawe in Aceh.
    2. Main Naval Base II (Lantamal II) in Padang, oversees naval bases covering Sibolga, Nias, Mentawai (planned), and Bengkulu.
    3. Main Naval Base III (Lantamal III) in Jakarta, oversees six naval bases covering Palembang, Cirebon, Lampung, Banten, Bandung, and Bangka-Belitung. Moreover, it has a maintenance and repair facility in Pondok Rowing, Jakarta. These maintenance and repair facility now has the ability to make small patrol boat with a size of 28–35 meters. Furthermore, the main naval base also oversees Naval Air Station Pondok Cabe.
    4. Main Naval Base IV (Lantamal IV) in Tanjung Pinang oversees naval bases covering Batam, Tarempa, Ranai, Tanjung Balai Karimun, and Dabo Singkep. Lantamal Tanjung Pinang has a maintenance and repair facility or Fasharkan in Mentigi (Fasharkan Mentigi) that has the ability to make the patrol boat (KAL) 12, 28 and 35 meters. In addition, it has 2 Naval Air Station (Lanudal) in Matak, Natuna Islands, and in Tanjungpinang / Kijang.
    5. Main Naval Base XII (Lantamal XII) in Pontianak oversees naval bases covering Pangkalan Bun, Ketapang and Sambas.
  2. Eastern Fleet Command: ("KOARMATIM")
    1. Main Naval Base V (Lantamal V) in Surabaya oversees seven naval bases and one Naval Air Station, including Tegal, Cilacap, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Malang, Banyuwangi, Denpasar and Batuporon.
    2. Main Naval Base VI (Lantamal VI) in Makassar, in charge of naval bases in Kendari, Palu, Balikpapan, Kotabaru and Banjarmasin.
    3. Main Naval Base VII (Lantamal VII) in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, in charge of naval bases in Mataram, Maumere, Kupang, Tual and Aru. In addition, it has 1 Naval Air Station (Lanudal) in Kupang.
    4. Main Naval Base VIII (Lantamal VIII) in Manado, North Sulawesi, in charge of naval bases Tarakan, Nunukan, Tahuna, Toli-Toli and Gorontalo. In addition, it has 1 Naval Air Station (Lanudal) in Manado.
    5. Main Naval Base IX (Lantamal IX) in Ambon oversees naval bases in Ternate, Saumlaki, Morotai, Tual and Ambon.
    6. Main Naval Base X (Lantamal X) in Jayapura, oversees Biak Naval Base and Biak Naval Air Station .
    7. Main Naval Base XI (Lantamal XI) in Merauke, Papua oversees naval bases in Timika and Aru Islands. In addition, it has 1 Naval Air Station (Lanudal) in Aru Islands.
    8. Main Naval Base XIII (Lantamal XIII) in Tarakan, North Kalimantan
    9. Main Naval Base XIV (Lantamal XIV) in Sorong, West Papua in charge of the maintenance and repair facility in Manokwari which is capable of producing small patrol boats of length 12 and 28 meters.

Future Fleet Command Territorial: Indonesia will create a new fleet command, a middle fleet command in Makassar - Celebes (Sulawesi) and also move its eastern fleet to Sorong - Papua. Surabaya Fleet Command will become a central fleet command (High Command). [4]

Main Command

Operational Command

  • Eastern Fleet
  • Western Fleet
  • Military Sealift Command (Komando Lintas Laut Militer)

Combat Command

Indonesian Marine Corps logo

Education Command

  • Naval Doctrine, Education, and Training Development Command (Kodiklatal)
  • Naval Staff College (Seskoal)
  • Indonesian Naval Academy Surabaya (Akademi Angkatan Laut AAL)

Central Executive Body

  • Naval Military Police Center (Puspom-AL)
  • Naval Aviation Center (Pusat Penerbangan Angkatan Laut)
  • Naval Technology College (Sekolah Tinggi Teknologi Angkatan Laut)
  • Naval Hydrography and Oceanography Center (Pushidrosal)


  1. Fleet Forces Corps - Personnel wear black berets in their dress uniforms.
    • Nautical Corps
    • Navigation Corps
    • Communication Corps
    • Telegraphic Corps
    • Armaments Corps
    • Surface Weapon Systems
    • Underwater Armaments
  2. Mechanical Engineering Corps
    • Mechanical Engineers
    • Diesel Mechanical Engineers
    • Structural Engineering Corps
    • General Construction Engineering
    • Transportation Corps
  3. Electronics Corps
    • Computer Data Processing Corps
    • Electricity Corps
  4. Supply and Administration Corps
    • Finance Corps
    • Administration Corps
    • Housekeeping Corps
    • Supply Corps
  5. Marine Corps - Personnel wear purple berets
    • Marine Infantry
    • Marine Artillery
    • Marine Armored Cavalry
    • Engineers
    • Communications
    • Transport, Supplies and Equipment
  6. Women's Naval Service Corps
  7. Medical Corps Department
    • General Nursing Corps
    • Pharmacy Corps
    • Paramedic Assistance Corps
    • Dental Corps
  8. Special Corps
    • Physical Fitness Corps
    • Naval Military Police Corps - Personnel wear light blue berets pushed to the left
    • Band Service Corps


Bellow are some of the information of ships used by the Indonesian Navy.

Surface Fleet


Class Picture Type Ships Origin Note
Frigates (7 in Service, 1 under construction)
Martadinata-class [5] Martadinata-class frigate Frigate KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata
KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai


1 in active service, 1 under construction. 4 more planned.
Ahmad Yani-class Ahmad Yani-class frigate Frigate KRI Ahmad Yani (351)
KRI Slamet Riyadi
KRI Yos Sudarso
KRI Oswald Siahaan
KRI Abdul Halim Perdanakusuma
KRI Karel Satsuit Tubun
 Netherlands in active service. will be replaced by Martadinata-class frigate.


Class Picture Type Ships Origin Note
Corvettes (10 in service)
Bung Tomo-class Bung Tomo-class corvette Corvette KRI Bung Tomo
KRI John Lie
KRI Usman Harun
 United Kingdom In active service.
Diponegoro-class Diponegoro-class corvette Corvette KRI Diponegoro
KRI Sultan Hasanuddin
KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda
KRI Frans Kaiseipo
 Netherlands In active service.
Fatahillah-class Fatahillah-class corvette Corvette KRI Fatahillah
KRI Malahayati
KRI Nala
 Netherlands In active service.

ASW Corvette

Class Picture Type Ships Origin Note
ASW Corvettes (14 in service)
Kapitan Pattimura-class Pattimura-class corvette ASW Corvette KRI Kapitan Pattimura
KRI Untung Suropati
KRI Nuku
KRI Lambung Mangkurat
KRI Cut Nyak Dien
KRI Sultan Thaha
KRI Sutanto
KRI Sutedi Senoputra
KRI Wiratno
KRI Tjiptadi
KRI Hasan Basri
KRI Imam Bonjol
KRI Teuku Umar
KRI Silas Papare
 East Germany In active service

Fast Missile Boat

Fast Missile Boat (FMB) or in Indonesian Kapal Cepat Rudal (KCR) are small vessel that used in hit-and-run naval strategy.

Class Picture Type Ships Origin Note
Fast Missile Boat (15 in service, 1 under construction)
Mandau-class Mandau-class Fast Missile Boat KRI Mandau
KRI Rencong
KRI Badik
KRI Keris
 South Korea In active service.
Clurit-class Mandau-class Fast Missile Boat 40M KRI Clurit
KRI Kujang
KRI Beladau
KRI Alamang
KRI Surik
KRI Siwar
KRI Parang
KRI Terapang
 Indonesia 8 more planned.
Sampari-class Sampari-class Fast Missile Boat 60M KRI Sampari
KRI Tombak
KRI Halasan
KRI tba[6]
 Indonesia 35 planned.

Submarine Fleets

The Indonesian Navy are expected to operate at least 10-12 submarines in 2024.

Class Picture Type Boats Origin Note
Submarines (2 in Service, 2 under sea trial, 1 under construction)
Nagapasa-class Changbogo-class submarine Attack submarine KRI Nagapasa
KRI Ardadedali
KRI Alugoro
 South Korea 2 under sea trial. 1 under construction in Indonesia.
Cakra-class Cakra-class submarine Attack submarine KRI Cakra
KRI Nanggala
 Germany in active service.

Patrol Fleets

The ship list below only mentioned the ship that are considered as KRI or Indonesian warship because its equipped with heavy and enough armament. Beside that, Indonesian navy also have numerous patrol boat that classified as KAL or Kapal Angkatan Laut or Indonesian Navy Ship. This type of ship usually use as secondary fleet to maintain the law of Indonesian coastal sea.

Class Picture Type Boats Origin Note
Patrol Vessel
Pandrong-class Pandrong-class Patrol Boat Patrol Boat KRI Pandrong (801)
KRI Sura (802)
 Indonesia In active service. equipped with C-802 missile.
Todak-class Todak-class Patrol Boat KRI Todak (631)
KRI Lemadang (632)
KRI Hiu (634)
KRI Layang (635)
 Indonesia in active service.
Andau-class Andau-class Patrol Boat KRI Andau (650)
KRI Singa(651)
KRI Tongkak (652)
KRI Ajak (653)
 Indonesia in active service. Equipped with SUT Torpedo.
Kakap-class Kakap-class Patrol Boat KRI Kakap (811)
KRI Kerapu(812)
KRI Tongkol (813)
KRI Barakuda (814)
 Indonesia in active service. Equipped with NBO-105 Helicopter.
Boa - class Boa-class Patrol Boat KRI Boa (807)
KRI Welang (808)
KRI Suluh Pari (809)
KRI Katon (810)
KRI Sanca (815)
KRI Warakas (816)
KRI Panana (817)
KRI Kalakae (818)
KRI Tedong Naga (819)
 Indonesia In active service
Kobra - class Kobra-class Patrol Boat KRI Kobra (867)
KRI Anakonda (868)
KRI Patola (869)
KRI Taliwangsa(870)
KRI Kalagian (871)
 Indonesia In active service
Badau - class Badau-class Patrol Boat KRI Badau (841)
KRI Selawaku (842)
 Singapore In active service
Sibarau - class Sibarau-class Patrol Boat KRI Sibarau (847)
KRI Siliman (848)
KRI Sigalu (857)
KRI Silea (858)
KRI Siribua (859)
KRI Waigeo (861)
KRI Siada (862)
KRI Sikuda (863)
KRI Sigurot (864)
KRI Tenggiri (865)
 Australia In active service. ex-Attack-class patrol boat
Viper-class Viper-class Patrol-Boat KRI Viper (820)
KRI Piton (821)
KRI Weling (822)
KRI Metacora (823)
 Indonesia In active service
Krait-class Krait-class Patrol-Boat KRI Krait (827)  Indonesia In active service
Tarihu-class 200px Patrol Boat KRI Tedung Selar (824)
KRI Boiga (825)
KRI Tarihu (829)
KRI Alkura (830)
KRI Birang (831)
KRI Mulga (832)
 Indonesia In active service
Cucut-class Patrol Boat KRI Cucut (866)  Singapore In active service
PC-28-class[7] Patrol-Boat KAL Bireun
KAL Kumai
KAL Mapor
 Indonesia In active service.
KAL-28M-class[8] Patrol Boat KAL Pulau Karakelang
KAL Pulau Nustual
KAL Pulau Ambalat
KAL Pulau Sangihe
KAL Pulau Trangan
KAL Pulau Mego
KAL Marapas
KAL Tanjung Pinang
KAL Bunyu
 Indonesia In active service.

Pari-class - PC-43[9][10]

No Ship Name Origin Hull Numbers[11] Status
1 KRI Pari[12][13]  Indonesia 849 In active service
2 KRI Sembilang  Indonesia 850 In active service
3 KRI Sidat[14]  Indonesia 851 In active service
4 KRI Cakalang  Indonesia 852 In active service
5 KRI Tatihu  Indonesia 853 In active service
6 KRI Layaran  Indonesia 854 In active service
7 KRI Madidihang  Indonesia 855 In active service

PC-40M class

No Ship Name Origin Hull Numbers[11] Status
1 KRI Torani  Indonesia 860 In active service
2 KRI Lepu  Indonesia 861 In active service
3 KRI Kurau [15]  Indonesia 856 Launched

Naval aviation

"Puspenerbal" Pusat Penerbangan Angkatan Laut is the Aviation unit of the Indonesian Navy. In the 1960s, the unit had a long-range strike capability with Il-28 Beagle medium bombers. In 1975–79, the Dinas Penerbangan Angkatan Laut (Naval Aviation Service) received 12 GAF Nomad Searchmaster B's and six Searchmaster L twin-turboprops to form a maritime patrol Squadron (800 Skadron).[16] In mid 1996 six NC.212-MPAs also joined the squadron. All aircraft are based at the Naval headquarters base of Surabaya, but detachments are at times sent to Tanjung pinang and Manado. There are plans to buy 11 ASW helicopters in the future. The candidates include the Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite and the Eurocopter Panther[17] but as of early 2014 no contract had been finalised.[18][19]


Aircraft Image Role Origin Versions Quantity Notes
GAF Nomad 150px  Australia Light Transport & Maritime Patrol N.22B
42[20] Gradually replaced by NC-212 & CN-235 variants.
CASA C-212 Aviocar 150px  Spain
Maritime Patrol & Tactical Transport NC-212
NC-212 MPA
6[21] Several planes installed with domestic made FLIR and Thales Ocean Master radar.[22][23]
Beechcraft Bonanza Beech Bonanza Takeoff (5517383917).jpg  United States Training & Light Transport G-36 Bonanza 8[24]
CASA CN-235  Spain
Maritime Patrol & Tactical Transport CN-235 MPA 5[25][26][27][28]
Bell 412 Bell 412 Chilean Air Force (FACh).JPG  Canada
Utility Bell 412EP 7[21][29] Licensed production by Indonesian Aerospace
MBB BO 105 Bo 105 Indonesian navy Bo 105 helicopter during a deck landing on the USS Fort Worth (cropped).jpg  Germany Utility NBO-105 6[21][29][30] Licensed production by Indonesian Aerospace
Eurocopter EC-120 Colibri Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri AN1995429.jpg  France Training & Utility EC-120B Colibri 2[31]
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin ZJ780 (8490634574).jpg  France Training Dauphin 1[32] Originally owned by BASARNAS (National Search And Rescue Agency) but has been painted to the TNI AL camo and transferred to the navy as a training helicopter before Eurocopter AS565 Panther arrived.[33]
Eurocopter AS565 Panther No. 488 an AS.565SA Panther of 36 F based at Hyères (3218013326).jpg  France ASW & Utility Dauphin AS565 MBe 11[34] On order. Will be used for naval anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions and to support operations from land bases and vessels.

Ground forces

Marine Corps

The Indonesian Marine Corps (Indonesian: Korps Marinir) officially known as KORMAR or simply "Marinir", Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, ("KORMAR", TNI-AL); officially translated as: Marine Corps, Indonesian Navy[35] is the currently integral part of the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) and sized at the military corps level unit as the Naval Infantry and main amphibious warfare force of Indonesia. There are future plans to expand the Indonesian Marine Corps to become an independent, uniformed force. It is commanded by a two star marine general (nothing that it does not use the Admiral title). It has two divisions, which are:

  • Pasukan Marinir I / "PASMAR I" (Marine Force I) based in Jakarta for operations in the western fleet of Indonesia
  • Pasukan Marinir II / "PASMAR II" (Marine Force II) based in Surabaya for operations in the eastern fleet of Indonesia.

The two marine divisions (PASMAR I and II) are each led by a one star admiral (Brigadier General/Commodore).

Special Forces


KOPASKA special forces

Formed in 31 March 1962, Komando Pasukan Katak or KOPASKA is considered as one of Indonesia's most elite special forces after the Kopassus of the army. The unit gained notoriety after managed to free the MV Sinar Kudus who was hijacked by Somali pirates on 16 March 2011 without resulting any casualties.[36] The Unit's main duties are underwater demolition (raiding enemy ships and bases), destroying main underwater installations, reconnaissance, prisoner snatches, preparing beaches for larger naval amphibious operations, and counter-terrorism. In peacetime the unit deploys a seven-person team to serve as security personnel for VIPs. Primary among these duties are the escort and personal security of the Indonesian president and vice-president.


Taifib member during training exercise

Batalion Intai Amfibi or Taifib is the Marine Corps' Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion, which also has capability as para-commando. They were officially formed on 18 March 1961 as marine commandos. Set at battalion strength, "Taifib" is the elite amphibious reconnaissance unit of the Indonesian Marine Corps. It was first used in the Irian Jaya (Papua) during Operation Trikora in April 1962. Starting from November 1971 it was called "Batalyon Intai Amphibi" ("Yon Taifib") or Amphibious Recon Battalion. To become a Yontaifib troop, a candidate is selected from the Marine Corps who has already fulfilled the thorough mental and physical requirements, and who at least has actively served the corps for two years. The certification of amphibious reconnaissance is so difficult that the passing rate of these candidates in each class is only ten percent.


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Jala Mangkara Detachment personnel

Detasemen Jala Mangkara or Denjaka' is the special operations and counter-terrorism forces of the Indonesian Navy. This is a combined detachment formed from selected personnel of the Navy's Underwater Special Unit (Kopaska) and the Marine Corps' Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion (KIPAM aka Yontaifib). The unit was formed in 1984 by the Chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces to counter maritime strategic threats including terrorism and sabotage. Despite the specific reason for its formation, as in the case of any other special operations forces around the world, the detachment is also fully trained in conducting reconnaissance, unconventional warfare, and clandestine behind-enemy-lines operations. Denjaka's primary task is to develop anti-terrorism, anti-sabotage and other clandestine operations capabilities in support of maritime counter-terrorism, counter-sabotage and other special operations as directed by the chief of the armed forces.

Ground Vehicles

Land warfare vehicles of the Indonesian Navy are usually operated by the Indonesian Marine Corps.

Name Image Role Origin Versions Quantity Notes
PT-76 Verkhnyaya Pyshma Tank Museum 2012 0181.jpg Medium tank  USSR PT-76B 70[37] All re-gunned with Cockerill 90mm with assistance from private company and received improved fire control system and engine upgrade. Not all operational.
Armoured vehicle
AMX-10P AMX-10-IMG 1468.jpg Infantry fighting vehicle  France AMX-10P Marine (90mm, 20mm & 12.7mm variants) 54[38][39]
BTR-50 BTR-50-latrun-1-2.jpg Amphibious armoured personnel carrier  USSR BTR-50PK 70[38] All upgraded with new engine, radio system and smoke grenade launchers on some vehicles.[40]
BMP-2 BMP-2 military parade rehearsal.jpg Infantry fighting vehicle  Slovakia BVP-2 40[41]
BMP-3 2008 Moscow May Parade Rehearsal - BMP-3.JPG Infantry fighting vehicle  Russia BMP-3F
54[38][39] 30 units more planned .100 mm gun/launcher 2A70 (able to fire shells or the 9M117 Bastion ATGM), 30 mm autocannon 2A72
LVT7 150px Armoured personnel carrier  United States LVT-P7A1 10[42] All donated from South Korea.
K-61 150px Amphibious vehicle  USSR K-61 (PTS) Unknown [43]
PTS 150px Amphibious vehicle  USSR PTS-10 Unknown [44]
BTR-4 BTR-4E in Kyiv.jpg Armoured personnel carrier  Ukraine BTR-4M BAU Parus module
BTR-4M RCWS turret
5[45][46] Another 50 vehicle planned[47]
BTR-80 2011 Moscow Victory Day Parade (360-06) (cropped).jpg Armoured personnel carrier  Russia BTR-80A 12[48] Currently deployed by Indobatt Contingent on UNIFIL mission in Lebanon.
RM-70 150px Multiple Rocket Launcher  Czechoslovakia
 Czech Republic
RM-70 Grad
RM-70 Vampir
17 9 RM-70 Grad acquired around 2003, 8 new RM-70 Vampir acquired in 2016[49][50]
Type 90B MLRS Multiple Rocket Launcher  China Type 90B 4 [51]
LG1 150px Howitzer  France LG1 Mark I 20

Ongoing projects

The Indonesian Navy plans to have 151 vessels (minimum), 220 vessels (standard), or 274 vessels (ideal), for which it has a blueprint up to 2024.[52]

In April 2011, PT PAL, in co-operation with Netherlands' Naval Shipbuilding, started designing a new light frigate for ASW purposes. It will be the largest warship built by PT PAL.[53] The first steel cutting ceremony was held on January 2014 and order for two PKR ships is confirmed. Equipped with VL Mica missiles and Oerlikon Millennium CIWS, these ships are also usable for air defence purposes.

At the same time, Indonesian Navy has accepted a grant of two used patrol boats equipped with guided missiles made in Britain from Brunei, which has replaced them with newer vessels.[54]

As of June 2011 Indonesia was in the process of choosing submarines from one of three countries: France's Scorpène class, Germany's Type 209 and the South Korean Chang Bogo class Type 209.[55] In December 2011, a contract to build three submarines was signed by Indonesia and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). Two submarines will be built in South Korea in co-operation with Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, while the third will be built at PT Pal's facilities. The contract was worth $1.07 billion and construction was planned to start in January 2012, with delivery expected in 2015 and 2016. The submarines will weigh 1,400 tons and be 61.3 metres (201 ft 1 in) long, with a crew of up to 40 and with 8 weapons tubes for torpedoes and other weapons. The procurement is an effort to keep pace with other countries in the region.[56][57] The submarines will be based at Palu naval base in Central Sulawesi which is currently under construction.[58]

In January 2012, the Navy confirmed an order for the 24 guided-missile fast boats to be deployed in the shallow waters in the western part of Indonesia and in North Sulawesi which are geographically dotted by small islands and divided by straits. Indonesia now has 8 KCR-40s (Kapal Cepat Rudal 40-meter, literally meaning 40-meters Fast Missile Boat), all in full commission by 20 December 2013.[59] These vessels will be 45 percent locally sourced and are to be designed and built locally. They will cost Rp 73 billion ($7.98 million) each and have a top speed of 30 knots. They will carry Chinese C-705 anti-ship missiles with a range up to 120 kilometres (75 mi), a 6-barreled 30-millimeter close-in weapons system and two 20-millimeters guns.[60][61][62] Indonesia has also decided to restart procurement of the Trimaran, Klewang class FMPV(Fast missile patrol vessel), with an initial order of four boats.[63]

The Indonesian Navy is also preparing to acquire three new British built corvettes,[64] classified as Bung Tomo-class corvette, after its leading ship, KRI Bung Tomo (357). They were built for Brunei but rejected for not meeting their requirements, allowing Indonesia to buy them cheaply.

In December 2013, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence stated that the Indonesian Navy planned to buy several used Kilo-class submarines still in commission with the Russian Navy.[65] A team consisting of Indonesian Navy experts was to be sent to Russia to inspect the condition of these future submarines.[66] In March 2014 the procurement was cancelled.[67]

Integrated Maritime Surveillance Systems

With various coastal radars, Indonesia has one of the world's longest Integrated Maritime Surveillance Systems (IMSS). The network covers more than 1,205 kilometres (749 mi) of coastline in the Straits of Malacca and about 1,285 kilometres (798 mi) of coastline in the Sulawesi Sea.[68]

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