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INDONESIA: OPERATION "DJAJAWIDJAJA" OF THE NAVY.


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- After the Great Leader of the Revolution, Bung Karno, rang out the People's Three-point Command, the Navy - together with other branches of the Armed Forces and the people - with all forces at its disposal was ready to give the enemy the final blow in the framework of the struggle for the liberation of West Irian.
- A fleet of 120 war and troop transport ships assembled to carry out final preparations before embarking to enemy's territory.
- The Commander of the Mandala Fleet, Sea Commodore R.Sudomo, made a last minute briefing with unit commanders attached to his Command, to examine how far the preparations had been made.The Head Quarters of the Navy dubbed the operation "Djajawidjaja", meaning Sacred Duty, which all members of the Mandala Command had to carry out.
- Operation "Djajawidjaja" was aimed at the liberation our brothers in West Irian from the clutch of Dutch imperialism.And this had to be carried out with strong determination, and full sense of responsibility no matter what sacrifice it demand, because we were determined to materialise the first frame of the destination of the Indonesian Revolution, namely a State which stretches from Sabang to Merauke.
- Units of the other branches of the Armed Forces were despatched by sea as well as by air from Sourabaya Djakarta main bases with the similar aim, namely the liberation of West Irian from the Dutch colonial shackles.
- During the journey the convoy of our fleet always made vigilance exercises in order to increase our combat ability in facing possible enemy's attacks.
- Thanks to high consciousness and good leadership the heart of every crew was inflamed by the burning spirit for dedication to the country and nation, fully convinced that Operation Djajawidjaja would be successful.
- At one of our front base in Eastern Indonesia the Commander of the Mandala fleet made a final preparedness examination before approaching enemy's territory.
- During the journey the convoy was protected by Air Force's aircraft.They consisted of long-range TU-bombers and other combat aircrafts.
- Included in the final preparations was the filling of fuel from tankers to war and transport ships.It is a very complex undertaking and used to be regarded as a yardstick to evaluate the ability of a fleet.Removal of troops from one ship to another ??? also conducted in a swift way which again showed the perfection ??? Fleet.
- Operation "Djajawidjaja" was based on the amphibious war plan.Therefore an amphibious landing exercise was among various exercises conducted in the final preparation examination.The exercise was held in an island which terrain closely resembled that of the real target, namely West Irian.
- The Fleet is now already at the gate of enemy's territory and is only waiting for the final command from the Great Leader of the Revolution.
- Hectic tension which determines war or peace, beside on the sea, on the land and in the air, also lies on conference tables.The United Nations tried hard to settle the Indonesian-Dutch dispute over West Irian peacefully.
- August 15, 1962, was an historic day, because on that day an agreement to hand over the West Irian administration to the Indonesian Government through the United Nations was signed.As stated by Foreign Minister Dr.Subandrio tension in the Indonesian-Dutch relations was not yet completely eliminated because during the dispute many victims had fallen.However, we are not pessimistic on our future relations with the Netherlands when both countries start a new leaf in history.The Foreign Minister conveyed his greeting to the Indonesian people who love peace but love freedom more.
- Thanks to the People's Three-Point Command and to our toughness on conference tables the shadow of war was replaced by an atmosphere of peace, despite the fact that the dispute had demanded many victims.Among the victims were the late Commodore Jos Sudarso, Captain Wiratno, who, together with other crews of MTB "Matjan Tutul", had fallen in the Aru sea battle.The sea battle and those who had fallen in the battle were the eternal manifestation of our endeavours to consummate out Revolution.

Reference 10062/63
Tape
Issue
Can 3568
Source Source to be verified
Restrictions Restrictions on certain uses may apply, and may vary from those listed.
Time code
Date original December 10, 1963
Duration
Technical 35MM/NEG.
Subset Reuters TV - RTV Post 1957
Location Indonesia
Sound
Colourbw B/W

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ATTENTION FILM EDITORS: The enclosed film "Operation Djaja Widjaja" was supplied by the Indonesian Navy Information Service on condition that no attempt should be made to present the film as "the Indonesian Navy prepares to confront Malaysia." To set their mind at rest, I gave them an assurance that any dope-sheet accompanying the film for syndication would make it quite clear that the film showed the Indonesian Navy, seen in 1962 during preparations for the invasion of West New Guinea, an invasion which never took place because of the peaceful settlement with the Netherlands. I signed a document to this effect, of which a copy is enclosed. I do not see this as any limitation on our use of the film, beyond ensuring that the circumstances of the shooting are correctly identified. It does not prevent any part of the film being used as background to any news developments involving the Indonesian Navy. The Navy has asked that any use of the film should be accompanied with the credit that it was shot by the Indonesian Navy Information Service. The actual rawstock was supplied by BCINA. Accompanying scripting material includes an approved translation of a script used by Indonesian television for their presentation of this film. Most of the shooting occurred "somewhere in Eastern Indonesia," i.e. probably in the vicinity of Ambon, where Indonesia maintained probably its biggest military base, a combined navy-army-airforce establishment. The Indonesian Navy is claimed to be the third most powerful in Asia after China and Japan. Its striking power, supplied chiefly by the U.S.S.R., though with a few minor vessels from U.S.A., Japan, and Yugoslavia, is reckoned to include one cruiser, about 12 submarines (of which six are operative), at least four destroyers, though it's believed this number could now be higher, six frigates, eight motor torpedo boats, 22 patrol boats of the costal minesweeper type, twelve other patrol craft, four transports, and about 100 craft of various other types including a submarine parent vessel, 3 surveying vessels, 4 tankers, auxiliary patrol craft, SDML's, and landing vessels. The most recent additions to the fleet (arrived, it's believed, from U.S.S.R. in the past six months) are several guided-missile-carrying patrol boats, with a missile range of about 50 miles. These are not shown in the film (which antedated their arrival); they are still "under wraps", and their numbers are secret.
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