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Administered by: Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief
Published Date 18 Sep 2015

 

 

 

                                                                                                                      Government House

                                                                                                                     CANBERRA  ACT  2600

 

 

                                                                                                                     14 September 2015

 

 

 

 

The Governor-General is pleased to announce the following honorary appointment within the Military Division of the Order of Australia:

 

 

ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

Honorary Officer (AO) in the Military Division

 

Admiral Dr Tio MARSETIO, Indonesian Navy, Retired

  Kav. Kowilhan Blok B5 No.7, JETU, CIPAYONG JAKARTA, INDONESIA

For distinguished service to the relationship between Australia and Indonesia as the Commander of KRI Nala, Deputy Chief and Chief of Naval Staff of the Indonesian Navy.

 

 

 

By His Excellency’s Command

 

Mark Fraser LVO OAM

Official Secretary to the Governor-General

 


 

APPOINTED AN HONORARY OFFICER (AO)

 

IN THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

Admiral Dr Tio MARSETIO, Indonesian Navy, Retired

For distinguished service to the relationship between Australia and Indonesia as the Commander of KRI Nala, Deputy Chief and Chief of Naval Staff of the Indonesian Navy.

 

Admiral Dr Marsetio joined the Indonesian Navy in 1981 as a Seaman Officer. During his distinguished 34 year career he has held important seagoing and shore commands and fulfilled key staff appointments. He was appointed to Chief of Indonesian Naval Staff in December 2012.

As Commanding Officer of the frigate KRI Nala in 1998-99, Admiral Marsetio operated in eastern Indonesia and in waters between East Timor and Australia. His distinguished conduct directly assisted mutual understanding and helped de‑escalation of tensions enabling Indonesia and Australia to avoid conflict in the maritime domain.

As Deputy Chief of Indonesian Naval Staff during 2010-2012, Admiral Marsetio’s strategic vision for the development of Indonesian Navy’s human resources empowered an Indonesian Navy culture receptive to change, modernisation, and international outreach. His personal prioritising of Indonesian warships and people enabled re-commencement of bilateral cooperation activities such as Exercise New Horizon and Coordinated Maritime Patrols. Marsetio drove Indonesian Navy staff attendance at strategic fora such as the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium and Western Pacific Naval Symposium, which were key activities in reinvigorating bilateral naval and broader military relations between Indonesia and Australia.

Promoted to Admiral, and appointed as the professional head of the Indonesian Navy, Marsetio’s personal energy and attention has led to ever more substantial personal relationships and interactions between the navies of Indonesia and Australia. His distinguished leadership, broad strategic vision and consistently constructive approach has led to more frequent counterpart visits, new exchange positions and better opportunities for attendance at training courses and planning conferences. Marsetio’s support never wavered in the face of bilateral relationship challenges. His innate constructiveness and approachability proved crucial to managing the outcomes from the inadvertent maritime incursions. His exceptional personal engagement provided a timely and trusted communication and his wise counsel informed both Australian and Indonesian senior decision makers.