Unusually, this time all elements of the Maritime Task Force (MTF)-United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) sailed in formation across the Mediterranean Sea this week. RADM Maritime Task Force Commander Michael Busse, a German national who is on board at KRI Frans Kaisiepo, witnessed firsthand the maneuverability, interoperability, professionalism and operational preparedness of the peacekeeping force.

The presence of the MTF leadership on the TNI AL warship marked the start of joint exercises of all elements of the MTF which included maritime picture compilation, maritime interdiction operations, advanced maneuvers, photo exercises, and farewell sail past.

“This exercise is very extraordinary because it involves all the MTF forces in the UNIFIL peace mission area, besides that this exercise is also very memorable for me who will carry out the transfer of authority to RADM Dirk Gurtner from Germany,” said Michael Busse.

The same thing was conveyed by the Commander of the MTF TNI Konga XXVIII-N Unifil Lt. Col. Marine (P) John David Nalasakti Sondakh, the trust to lead this exercise is an acknowledgment of the capabilities of the Indonesian Navy in multinational operations parallel to the navies of developed countries in the world.

At the end of the exercise, a farewell sail past was carried out, followed by a farewell speech by RADM MTF Commander Michael Busse who would hand over his duties and responsibilities as MTF Commander to RADM Dirk Gurtner.

On this occasion, Indonesian Navy soldier KRI Frans Kaisiepo-368 surprised RADM Michael Busse by handing over souvenirs. “This prize is very unique and artistic, very meaningful and it is the first time I have received a gift with such a deep impression after 46 years of service,” said Michael Busse.