This is one of the museums of Indonesian military. It’s located at Jalan Soegijapranata 1, Semarang, right in front of Tugu Muda monument, near Lawang Sewu. The building of Mandala Bhakti Museum was designed by a Dutch architect, I. Kuhr E, around 1930s.
When you ask people about the name of Indonesian elite force, most likely the answer is Kopassus. That’s correct. But obviously, Kopassus is not the only special forces that Indonesia has. I bet you’ve heard about Kopaska too. If Kopassus is an Army, Korpaskhas is air force, Kopaska or Komando Pasukan Katak (Frogmen Command) is a Navy. Precisely, it’s a tactical unit for underwater demolition.
“You, up! Climb the main mast!” the giant ship’s commander told a cadet. Starred straight to that 35.9 meters high pole, the cadet’s gut was immediately shrunken. But in the military life, there is no way you can dispute your chief. So the cadet started to climb. He made it, at last. Although it took …
That’s the motto of Kopassus or Komando Pasukan Khusus. This Red Berets unit is an Indonesian Army Special Forces that conducts particular operational missions for the Government, such as direct action, unconventional combat, sabotage, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, and intelligence gathering.
Have you noticed that the military persons always communicate each other with terms that seem deliberately complicated? Yes, they love very much acronyms and abbreviations. In Indonesia, there has been a widespread use of military acronyms and abbreviations, which facilitates an efficient communication among experts. But meanwhile, it also complicates communication with the public and the international community who are interested to such subject.
Lately, Indonesian media have been dominated by the issues of Densus 88. The televisions, radios and newspapers are talking about it. Who the hell is Densus 88, anyway? Well, special Detachment 88 a.k.a. Delta 88 a.k.a. Densus (Detasemen Khusus) 88 is the Indonesian counter-terrorism squad. It is part of the Indonesian National Police. Formed after the 2002 Bali bombing, it was officially announced to public in 2004. In 2005, it shot and killed Dr. Azhari Husin, one of the most dangerous bombers in the world. And now it aims Noordin Mohd Top, Azhari’s student. After the explosion in JW Marriot and Ritz Carlton Hotel, of course it’s a busy time. On the other side, since Densus 88 is funded, equipped, and trained by the United States, it must also prove that Densus 88 is purely fight against terrorism felony, not Islam.