JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Chief of Staff of the Navy (KSAL) Admiral Muhammad Ali revealed that his party would change several commands of the Indonesian Navy Main Base (Lantamal) to the Maritime Regional Command (Kodamar). This was stated by Ali after chairing the TNI AL Leadership Meeting at the Naval Headquarters (Mabesal), Cilangkap, East Jakarta, Monday (13/2/2023). "The problem is the development of organizational validation, in stages.
Maybe not all (Lantamal) become Kodamar. We will see which Lantamal are vulnerable, and have good facilities and infrastructure capabilities. That's what we can make first (to become Kodamar)," said Ali to the media crew on the sidelines of the TNI AL Rapim, Monday. Thus, the Kodamar will level up from an organization that was previously led by a one-star high-ranking officer (pati) at the Lantamal level, to a two-star Indonesian Navy.
l At present it is known that there are 14 Lantamal throughout Indonesia. In the near future, said Ali, the Lantamal that will be changed to Kodamar include Lantamal III Jakarta and Lantamal V Surabaya. "Maybe Jakarta, Surabaya, that's the main thing, and we are gradually doing it. This is also still in the test of this manuscript, it has reached UN2, it has reached the TNI Headquarters. Later to the Ministry of Defense (Ministry of Defence), then to the Kemenpan-RB (Ministry of Administrative Reform) and Bureaucratic Reform)," said Ali.
So far, Lantamal has had the main function of carrying out strength building and the ability to organize logistical and administrative support for elements of the Indonesian Navy. Lantamal also organizes maritime security patrols. With the upgrade of Lantamal to Kodamar, that function will shift to territorial security and coastal defense. "We'll see later, if the budget is sufficient, hopefully there will be an example for this year. So the territorial function will be developed. Then, the capability of coastal defense will also be developed within the Kodamar," said Ali. "If there is a threat trying to control the beach, then Yonmarhanlan (Marine Base Defense Battalion) obviously has to be there (Kodamar)," he continued.