25 Juli 2016

BRP Ang Pangulo Soon to Become Hospital Ship, or Entirely Scrapped

25 Juli 2016

BRP Ang Pangulo, the presidential yacht (photo : Irvine Kinea)

President Rodrigo Duterte told the troops of Philippine Army 6th Infantry ‘Kampilan’ Division, July 22, that he wants to sell or scrap the presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo. He said proceeds will go to the improvement of Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center also known as the V. Luna General Hospital.

Another plan is to build a new hospital. “I can build you a new hospital or improve. Kung sino ang magbili ng barko, anyone of you here can be a broker. Ipagbili yan kasi may komisyon kayo diyan,” he told the troops.

“Or entirely scrap na yan whatever makuha ko, I will build, I will repair V. Luna. Lagyan ko lahat, CT scan, MRI,” the President said.

Another possible fate of the BRP Ang Pangulo is it will be turned into a hospital ship. “Gawin ko na lang din ospital na kung saan ang bakbakan i-parking ko na lang doon. Kumpletuhin ko lang,” he said.

The President said plan for BRP Ang Pangulo will be “in the fullness of God’s time.”


10 Bulan Lumpuh, Hawk 200 TNI AU Kembali ke Sarangnya

25 Juli 2016

Komandan Depohar 30 Kolonel Tek M. Yani Rudiansyah menyerahkan pesawat Hawk 200 TT-0214 usai menjalani perawatan Major Servicing 2.000 jam terbang kepada Letkol Pnb Adhi Safarul Akbar. (photo : TNI AU)

Setelah 10 bulan lumpuh dan harus menjalani rawat inap tingkat berat tahap kedua, pesawat tempur taktis Hawk 200 nomor registrasi TT-0214 milik Skadron Udara 12 Lanud Roesmin Nurjadin, Pekanbaru kini bisa kembali lagi ke sarangnya.

Jet tempur taktis kursi tunggal buatan BAE Systems, Inggris tersebut selesai menjalani perawatan major servicing 2.000 jam terbang di Satuan Pemeliharaan (Sathar) 32 Depo Pemeliharaan (Depohar) 30, Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh, Malang pada 21 Juli 2016.

Pesawat kemudian menjalani uji terbang sebanyak tiga kali oleh Letkol Pnb Adhi Safarul Akbar yang telah mengantongi lebih 2.000 jam terbang di pesawat Hawk 100/200, bergantian dengan Kapten Pnb Made Yogi Indra. Hasilnya, pesawat dinyatakan siap untuk digunakan lagi mendukung misi-misi berikutnya.

TT-0214 masuk ke Sathar 32 sejak 13 Oktober 2015. “Pesawat ini menjalani major servicing 2.000 jam terbang selama 10 bulan,” ujar Komandan Depohar 30 Kolonel Tek M. Yani Rudiansyah.

Komandan Sathar 32 Letkol Tek Dody Kurniadi sebagaimana dikutip Penerangan Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh menyatakan, perawatan major servicing tahap kedua bagi pesawat Hawk 200 meliputi pembongkaran bagian-bagian penting di pesawat sehingga pengerjaannya membutuhkan waktu yang cukup lama. “Pesawat ini tercatat bergabung dengan TNI AU pada tahun 1996,” terangnya.

Upacara serah terima pesawat dipimpin Dandepohar 30 Kolonel Tek M. Yani Rudiansyah yang kemudian menyerahkan pesawat tersebut kepada Letkol Pnb Adhi Safarul Akbar mewakili Danlanud Roesmin Nurjadin Marsma TNI Henri Alfiandi.


23 Juli 2016

PF-17 BRP Andres Bonifacio Getting Modernization,Outfits Worth $16-M

23 Juli 2016

PF-17 BRP Andres Bonifacio (photo : USCG)

The Philippine Navy has officially received the third United States Coast Guard Cutter through US Excess Defense Articles program. The said vessel will serve in Philippine Navy as frigate named BRP Andres Bonifacio.

According to US Coast Guard, the Philippine government will invest $16 million for BRP Andres Bonifacio’s modernization.

US EDA program facilitates transfer of defense assets no longer needed and declared excess by the US Armed Forces to foreign governments or international organizations at reduced or no cost to eligible foreign recipients on an “as is, where is” basis.

Transfers are typically used for modernization of partner forces in support of US national security and foreign policy objectives, under authorities established in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Arms Export Control Act.

“In Boutwell’s case, the cutter is an $8 million grant, but the Philippine Navy is investing $16 million to modernize and outfit the cutter in the U.S. as part of the transfer program,” the US Coast Guard said.


How Vietnamese Marines are Trained

23 Juli 2016

The marine force of Vietnam during a march celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Navy in 2015 (photo : tuoitrenews)

Tasked with protecting and reclaiming Vietnam’s islands in the event of foreign invasion, Vietnam’s marines train in extreme conditions, pushing themselves far beyond their limit.
The Vietnamese marine force is one of the country’s most elite military units, mastering both sea and land combat in preparation for the defense of Vietnam’s maritime sovereignty.

“A marine is responsible for mastering many skills. The competent operation of a wide range of weapons and equipment, swimming in force 6 winds, understanding weather conditions at sea, and developing top-tier stamina are just a few of our requirements,” said Lieutenant Colonel Duong Chi Nguyen, political commissar of Vietnam’s marine battalion 863.

‘Cool’ and ‘dope’

Returning from nearly 20 days of training after traveling over 60 kilometers while carrying almost 40 kilograms of weapons and ammunition, Sergeant Nguyen Van Bich, 24, still managed to keep a broad smile on his face while talking about his life as a marine.

Vietnamese Marines armed with Tavors (photo : ttvnol)

“It’s definitely strenuous, but there’s a feeling of great pride and confidence that follows, like you’ve just conquered the impossible,” Bich said happily.

After carrying marine-exclusive riffles, bulletproof vests, combat helmets, and other military equipment for the first time, the Gen-Y soldier described the marine look as “cool” and “dope.”

Bich earned a bachelor’s degree from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HUTECH), but decided to follow his dream of becoming a soldier, enlisting himself in the Vietnamese army upon graduation.

After two months of rookie training, Bich volunteered for the army’s marine force, where he received additional six-month intensive training before being officially sworn into the unit.

Where strength is measured by willpower

The faint hearted have no place in Vietnam’s marine force. Soldiers are put on strict training schedules that focus on pushing the limits of human endurance.

Three kilometers is the minimum distance rookies are expected to be able to swim non-stop, though many soldiers start from zero as they never learnt to swim before joining the army.

Weak swimmers, such as Sergeant Huynh Mai Bao Duong, 25, take extra swimming sessions with his senior to catch up with the rest.

Vietnamese Marines armed with SAR-21 (photo : nguyentandung)

“I practice day and night, even during breaks and Sundays, for I don’t want to be the only one holding the whole team back,” Duong said.

The sergeant said that swimming in formation at sea is extremely difficult but necessary to maintain tactical spacing from other soldiers while battling big waves and strong winds.

The Vietnamese marines’ training grounds are the sea and the vast sand dunes under the scorching sun.

“In this hot weather, merely sitting under the sun on the sand dunes for a day is beyond endurance,” Lieutenant Colonel Duong Chi Nguyen said.

Nguyen said the condition is even worse at sea, when the searing sensation is intensified in salt water.

“Many soldiers have their skins peeled off in large patches and darkened to the tone of their facial hair after returning from long amphibious drills,” Nguyen added.

HQ-521 amphibious ship (photo : ttvnol)

Temperatures on the training grounds can reach up to 41 degrees Celsius, according to the lieutenant colonel, during which time training starts half an hour earlier than normal.

Many rookies, unfamiliar with the intensity of the training, have passed out during long-distance marches, or simply from sitting in tactical training sessions under the sun.

During such times, a medical vehicle is always ready to respond and care for the soldiers, according to the lieutenant colonel.

“That being said, after five to six months of training, the marines can march for 15 to 20 kilometers non-stop on the worst day,” Nguyen said.

With such intensive training, mere health and strength are not enough to keep soldiers in the game.

“What matters is the will to overcome yourself,” said Senior Lieutenant Nguyen Van Duong, commander of the battalion’s firepower company.


AWD Alliance Starts Hobart’s Gas Turbine Engines

23 Juli 2016

Hobart class destroyer ship (photo : Aus DoD)

Months of hard work from Production and Test and Activation has resulted in the successful commissioning of the AWD Gas Turbines on Hobart.  “This is a huge achievement for the project that everyone should be proud of,” said Michael Clements, Test and Activation (T&A) Manager.

A lot of work goes into the preparation for this moment.  In the beginning, Production undertake the load-out of the Gas Turbine Engines onto the ship, followed by integration, alignment, cable and pipe testing and flushing of the supporting systems.  The systems are handed over to Test & Activation, who energise and set-to-work the systems in collaboration with the vendors, in preparation for the engines to be started for the Gas Turbine Light Off (GTLO).

“This is one of the most powerful machines in the world and starting it up is immensely exciting for everyone involved,” said Greg Hatsitsopanidis, Propulsion Team Lead, T&A.

With the Propulsion T&A team consisting of eight people, expertise is drawn from all five of the specialist T&A teams including, Auxiliary, Electrical, Controls and Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) to ensure the successful and safe start of the Gas Turbines.  The hard work from teams across both Production and T&A has contributed to the success of the GTLO.  “Every day has been a challenge, but it is rewarding seeing the teams come together and utilise their skills,” Greg said.

With the successful commissioning of Hobart’sGas Turbine Engines, the team will continue to work towards preparing the ship for Sea Trials in September.


KSAL: Satuan Khusus Tim Reaksi Cepat Juga Bakal Hadir Perkuat Armatim

23 Juli 2016

Tim WFQR Komando Armada Barat (photo : MaritimNews)

TRIBUNNEWS.COM, JAKARTA – Setelah dibentuk untuk memperkuat wilayah Komando Armada RI Kawasan Barat, unit satuan khusus, Western Fleet Quick Response (WFQR) juga dikembangkan juga di Komando Armada RI Kawasan Timur.

"Keberadaan tim reaksi cepat (WFQR) tidak hanya dikembangkan di Armabar saja, tetapi di Armatim juga akan dikembangkan," kata Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Laut (KSAL) Laksamana TNI Ade Supandi, di Jakarta, Selasa (19/7/2016).

Ade menjelaskan, rencana pengembangan tim reaksi cepat (WFQR) di Armatim itu, sudah dikomunikasikan kepada negara tetangga, Singapura dan Malaysia.

Aksi nyata Tim WFQR membebaskan kapal (photo : TribunNews)

"Mereka juga akan mengadopsi dan meniru sistem yang kami kembangkan. Karena kebutuhan akan reaksi cepat terhadap adanya laporan pelanggaran dan penanggulangan, sehingga kita bisa mengatasi persoalan pelanggaran di laut," kata Ade Supandi.

Dirinya mengatakan, keberadaan tim reaksi cepat selama mampu menekan tingkat pelanggaran yang ada di laut, seperti di Selat Malaka, Selat Philips dan Laut China Selatan.

Pembentukan WFQR di Koarmabar didasarkan agar unsur-unsur Koarmabar dapat hadir pada waktu dan posisi yang tepat untuk menindak kejahatan di laut dengan memberdayakan aset-aset Koarmabar yang mempunyai fungsi keamanan laut WFQR berkedudukan di Lantamal dan Lanal jajaran Koarmabar, yang berada di bawah Komando Pengendali (Kodal) Pangarmabar.

Uniform Tim WFQR Armada Barat (photo : Warta Kepri)

Selain itu, keberadaan WFQR juga untuk merespon dengan cepat informasi yang diterima melalui masyarakat ataupun informasi intelijen mengenai kejadian-kejadian yang terjadi di laut baik berupa perompakan atau kegiatan ilegal lainnya yang dapat mengganggu keamanan pengguna laut khususnya yang melintas di wilayah kerja Koarmabar.

WFQR dalam melaksanakan tugasnya selalu berkoordinasi dengan angkatan laut negara tetangga untuk menjaga stabilitas keamanan, sehingga berdampak pada menurunnya tindak kejahatan seperti perompakan dan penyelundupan di Perairan Barat Indonesia, khususnya Selat Malaka dan Selat Singapura.

"Saya harap Pangarmabar yang baru mampu melanjutkan apa yang sudah dirintis oleh Laksda TNI A Taufiq R dalam menekan tindak kejahatan. Ini menyangkut citra di mata internasional," kata Ade.


22 Juli 2016

Mabes TNI AL Setujui Pos TNI AL Nabire Naik Status Jadi Lanal

22 Juli 2016

Wilayah Lantamal X Jayapura adalah perairan utara Papua (photo : Kaskus Militer)

Komandan Lantamal X Jayapura, Brigjen Heru Kusmanto, di Jayapura, mengatakan persiapan peningkatan status menjadi Lanal Nabire itu sudah mulai dilaksanakan.

“Beberapa anggota sudah dikirim ke Nabire dan mulai bertugas mempersiapkan segala sesuatunya,” ujar Brigjen Heru.

Menurutnya, hingga kini belum dipastikan kapan peresmian Lanal Nabire karena masih menunggu pemberitahuan dari Jakarta.

Ketika ditanya tentang peningkatan status Posal Sarmi, Danlantamal X itu mengatakan, semula Sarmi juga diusulkan menjadi lanal namun Mabes TNI AL hanya menyetujui Nabire.

Mungkin setelah Nabire menyusul Sarmi menjadi lanal, kata Brigjen Heru, seraya menambahkan Lantamal Jayapura sudah dimekarkan dan menambah dua yakni Lantamal Merauke dan Lantamal Sorong.

Wilayah Lantamal X Jayapura meliputi perairan utara Papua, kata Danlantamal X Jayapura itu lagi.