May 21, 2021, 12.08 AM

The Indonesian government and military establishment should ensure that the budget go towards their allocation, especially in addressing the need for modern hardware in place of obsolete equipment like the Type 209 submarines, that has long plagued the Indonesian military.

They should also keep in mind that training military personnel like Colonel Octavian and the crew of the KRI Nanggala-402 to a high state of readiness costs money.

Frittering away their lives and expertise on obsolete equipment, on the expectation that they will do their duty with the revolutionary fervor that enabled their ancestors to beat the Dutch nearly 80 year ago to win Indonesia its independence is a simplistic disservice to these men and their sense of duty.

If the government wants to ensure that the sacrifice of the crew of KRI Nanggala-402 is not in vain, they should step up the modernization of submarines and other military equipment to ensure that they do their duty to the best of their abilities and live to sail another day.

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