Australian Embassy

IKAHAN Celebrates 10 Years

Media Release

31 March 2021

The Australia-Indonesia Defence Alumni Association, known as IKAHAN, celebrated its tenth anniversary last week.

Special ceremonies were held in Jakarta and Canberra to commemorate this important milestone, with defence chiefs, deputy ministers and ambassadors all sending messages of support.

Since the 1960s, when formal defence cooperation began between our countries, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) have worked, studied, and trained together - demonstrating our commitment to each other and to a peaceful, prosperous future for Australia and Indonesia.  

Today, IKAHAN has over 3000 members, spanning all ranks and services. It is a true reflection of the strength of our defence relationship, and the commitment of individuals within the ADF and TNI to expanding and deepening the Australia-Indonesia defence partnership in future.

In celebrating IKAHAN’s anniversary, the Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan said that defence cooperation between our two countries is strong and has become stronger over the years.

“In the current period of historic and economic change, both our countries need to be more and more resilient because it impacts on all of us. Both our countries have realised we respond to this kind of change better when we respond together.  So our resilience in fact is joint resilience. IKAHAN helps underpin that kind of relationship. And I have every confidence it will continue to do so” said Ambassador Quinlan.

“Congratulations on ten years IKAHAN. Dirgahayu IKAHAN!”.

We invite you to download a special video “Tapak Tilas Sejarah Bilateral Indonesia-Australia”, which highlights IKAHAN’s journey over the last ten years. Also available for download is our special anniversary edition of Kilas Balik.

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