Exhibition

Battle of Java Sea

Royal Australian Navy personnel in front of a panel from the exhibition

This exhibition about a large sea battle fought and lost against Japan by naval forces in the ABDA Command (American, British, Dutch and Australian) on 27 February 1942.

  • From 1 March 2017

    This exhibition about a large sea battle fought and lost against Japan by naval forces in the ABDA Command (American, British, Dutch and Australian) on 27 February 1942 includes the story of the loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston in the Battle Of Sunda Strait two days later. The work carried out by Indonesian maritime archaeologists and  the museum’s maritime archaeology staff to investigate and conserve the wreck of HMAS Perth is highlighted.  The exhibition is the result of a collaboration by the US Naval History and Heritage Command, the Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Dutch Navy and the ANMM.  

    Supported by the USA Bicentennial Gift Fund

    Museum Bahari, Jakarta

    Commemorative Service 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Java Sea, Battle of Sunda Strait and Battle of Java at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Menteng Pulo, JakartaCommemorative Service 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Java Sea, Battle of Sunda Strait and Battle of Java at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Menteng Pulo, JakartaMichael Harvey, Assistant Director PeARS, ANMM and Shinatria Adhityatama, an Archaeologist with ARKENAS the Indonesian National Research Centre for Archaeology at the opening of the exhibitionCommemorative Service 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Java Sea, Battle of Sunda Strait and Battle of Java at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Menteng Pulo, Jakarta
  • Media Release

    Media Release

    British Embassy Jakarta Press Release  23 Feb 2016

    A new exhibition on Java Sea and Sunda Strait battles open in Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari)

    On 27 Feb 2017 Museum Bahari will open a new exhibition on two major sea battles that took place in Indonesia during the Second World War, the Battle of the Java Sea and the Battle of the Sunda Strait.

    The exhibition is organised by the Maritime Museum and the embassies of the four allied countries involved:  the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia. Direct support has been provided by the US Navy Naval Historical and Heritage Command, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the UK National Museum Royal Navy, the Netherlands Marine Museum, with assistance from Japanese Tokyo Keizai University.

     he exhibition displays information about the battles, the ships involved, the balance of force and the Indonesians who took part in the battles. There are artefacts on display provided mainly by the US Navy Naval Historical and Heritage Command, such as spyglasses, binoculars, crockery, and flags used by navies during the Second World War. Models of some of the ships and aircraft involved are also displayed.

    The exhibition has been sponsored by a number of maritime and cultural institutes in Indonesia:  Thales, BAE Systems, New Frontier Solutions, SBS UK Ltd, Rolls Royce and Erasmuis Huis.

    It will initially be open for a year and aims to attract foreign tourists with an interest in maritime history as well as giving Indonesians a new perspective on an important period of their own history.

    British Ambassador Moazzam Malik said:

    “Indonesia has a long and rich maritime history and the exhibition is a snapshot of a period that was very important for Indonesia on its road to independence. This exhibition captures a few days in 1942 and shows the facts surrounding what was the largest naval battle in the Second World War up to that point.  Among those lost were around 2,300 sailors and airmen of whom 220, almost ten per cent, were Indonesians serving on the Dutch warships. This was an important moment in our shared history.

    In more recent times, in July 2015, during the visit of then PM Cameron to Jakarta, we signed a maritime cooperation MOU between our two nations. I am delighted that we are working together to support Indonesia’s global maritime fulcrum plans and promote UK maritime expertise and industries”.

    Director of Museum Bahari, Bapak Drs Husnison Nizar said:

    “We are pleased to learn that Museum Bahari has been chosen as a venue to hold this exhibition. The theme is aligned with our maritime spirit where history and events that took place at the sea can be displayed. I hope this event will attract visitors from all over the world to visit Museum Bahari and we look forward to working with our friendly countries to support the wellbeing of this museum”. 

    Notes to Editors

    1. The opening will take place on Mon, 27 Feb at 1830hrs at Museum Bahari (Jl Pasar Ikan no 1, Sunda Kelapa, Jakarta Utara).
    2. British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik and Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan are scheduled to open the exhibition.
    3. Media are welcome to cover the event. Please RSVP to Dyah Saptaria (British Embassy’s Digital & Media Officer) at 0811 87777 49 no later than Mon, 27 Feb at 1500hrs.

     

     

    Press Release   23 Feb 2017

    Pameran  pertempuran Laut Jawa dan Selat Sunda di Museum Bahari

    Pada 27 Februari 2017 Museum Bahari akan membuka sebuah pameran tentang dua pertempuran besar yang terjadi di Indonesia selama masa Perang Dunia II (PD II) yaitu pertempuran Laut Jawa dan Selat Sunda. 

     ameran ini diselenggarakan atas kerjasama museum Bahari dengan empat kedutaan negara sekutu yang terlibat termasuk Amerika Serikat, Inggris, Belanda dan Australia. Bantuan langsung juga diberikan oleh Komando Sejarah dan Leluhur Angkatan Laut Amerika, Museum Maritim Nasional Australia, Museum Maritim Nasional Angkatan Laut Inggris, Museum Marinir Belanda serta Universitas Tokyo Keizai di Jepang.

    Informasi tentang pertempuran, kapal-kapal yang digunakan, jumlah pasukan dan tentara Indonesia yang ikut bertempur dapat dilihat di pameran ini. Ada juga artefak dari Komando Sejarah dan Leluhur Angkatan Laut Amerika berupa kacamata pengintai, teropong, barang pecah-belah dan bendera-bendera yang digunakan oleh para Angkatan Laut selama PD II. Model kapal-kapal dan pesawat yang digunakan juga dipamerkan.

    Pameran ini didukung oleh beberapa institusi kemaritiman dan kebudayaan di Indonesia termasuk Thales, BAE Systems, New Frontier Solutions, SBS UK Ltd, Rolls Royce dan Erasmuis Huis.

    Pameran ini akan dibuka selama satu tahun dan bertujuan untuk menarik wisatawan asing yang memiliki ketertarikan sejarah maritim dan memberikan sebuah perspektif baru bagi rakyat Indonesia tentang sejarah penting yang pernah terjadi di sini. 

    Duta Besar Inggris untuk Indonesia Moazzam Malik mengatakan:

    “Indonesia memiliki sejarah kemaritiman yang panjang dan kaya, dan pameran ini adalah sebuah potret singkat dari periode yang sangat penting bagi Indonesia dalam perjalanannya menuju kemerdekaan. Pameran ini menunjukkan fakta-fakta seputar pertempuran angkatan laut terbesar yang terjadi selama beberapa hari selama Perang Dunia II di tahun 1942. Sekitar 2300 pelaut dan 220 angkatan udara gugur dalam pertempuran tersebut, sepuluh persen diantaranya adalah pejuang Indonesia yang bertugas di kapal-kapal perang Belanda. Pertempuran tersebut adalah momen penting dalam sejarah kita bersama.

    Di abad ini tepatnya pada bulan Juli 2015 saat kunjungan Perdana Menteri  Inggris David Cameron ke Jakarta, kami menandatangani MOU kerjasama maritim. Saya senang sekali bahwa kedua negara bekerjasama untuk mendukung rencana maritim global Indonesia serta mempromosikan industri dan keahlian maritim Inggris.”

    Direktur Museum Bahari, Bapak Drs Husnison Nizar mengatakan:

    “Kami sangat senang Museum Bahari dipilih sebagai tempat penyelenggaraan pameran ini. Tema yang diangkat sangat sesuai dengan semangat kemaritiman Indonesia dimana sejarah dan peristiwa yang terjadi di Laut Jawa dan Selat Sunda dapat dipamerkan. Saya berharap pameran ini dapat menarik wisatawan mancanegara untuk berkunjung ke Museum Bahari. Kami berharap dapat terus meningkatkan kerjasama dengan negara-negara sahabat untuk mendukung kelangsungan Museum Bahari.”

    Catatan untuk Redaksi:

    1. Pembukaan pameran ini akan diselenggarakan pada hari Senin, 27 Feb 2017 pukul 18.30 WIB di Museum Bahari (Jl Pasar Ikan no 1, Sunda Kelapa, Jakarta Utara).
    2. Duta Besar Inggris untuk Indonesia Moazzam Malik dan Menteri Koordinator Bidang Kemaritiman Luhut Panjaitan dijadwalkan akan membuka pameran ini. 
    3. Media diundang untuk meliput. Silakan hubungi Dyah Saptaria (British Embassy’s Digital & Media Officer) di nomor 0811 87777 49. Batas waktu konfirmasi kehadiran adalah tanggal 27 Feb pukul 15.00 WIB. 

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