Indonesian military Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo. (Photo: EPA/VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The Indonesian military has announced plans to decentralise troop deployments as well as its navy fleets this year, in an effort to improve the capacity of ensuring national security.

The military decentralisation plans include the establishment of a new navy fleet based in Papua province and capacity upgrades in current navy bases in West Kalimantan and North Kalimantan provinces. 

Indonesian military Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo said the command decentralisation approved by President Joko Widodo was conducted by setting up new regional military command chapters as well as new military operation command units.

The president also ordered the military to take responsive stance in anticipating the impacts from the developing global conditions, he added.

The commander said the decentralisation was part of moves to address the president's doctrine to make Indonesia as the world's maritime axis.

To finance the command decentralisation, the Indonesian parliament approved the military’s request on additional of 37 trillion IDR (about 2.7 billion USD) in the 2016 budget.

The navy would receive the largest amount of the fund, followed by the air forces and the land forces. The sums would be used to procure new navy vessels, armaments, radar systems, missiles and new warplanes particularly military transporter ones.-VNA