What you said sometimes is true, sometimes is not true.
For Ambalat case, the TLDM followed what they were ordered to do (by politicians in KL), i.e. to introduce & to enforce the "new" (due to Sipadan & Ligitan islands) international boundary between Malaysia & Indonesia in the Ambalat water.
The reactions from Jakarta then was mainly dominated by the Armed Forces, not politicians (which then very soon backed up the military response).
Enough talking. Please continue to post more pics from Malindo & I'll keep my mouth shut this time.
Let me try my best to recognize these qualification badges & share with you.
The Kopassus Captain on the right:
1. Right above TNI-AD patch: Army airborne wings, jumpmaster. One star in wreath indicates 60 jumps, two stars indicates more than 100 jumps.
2. Above it , his left hand side: Army freefall badge.
3. Next to it: Commando chest qualification badge.
His right hand chest is empty; still long way to go my friend. If you can make it.
The Marines Master Sergeant (Sersan Satu) in the middle:
1. On his left-hand side pocket: the famous Denjaka chest qualification badge. The S (thunder symbol) in red represents anti-teror. His a damn Denjaka operator.
2. Above TNI-AL Badge: Kipam / Taifib qualification chest badge. One star signifying 30 static-line jumps, 2 stars = 60 jumps, 3 stars more than 90 jumps. If the star is in red then it indicates a combat jump.
3. The top one on his left chest: Kipam / Taifib freefall badge.
4. On his right pocket: could be a basic Airborne Wing or a Jumpmaster.
5. Above his name patch: SEAL Co-training badge.
6. On his left shoulder above the sergeant insignia: could be his unit shoulder insignia.
The Kopassus Specialist (Prajurit Kepala) on the left:
He is even worse. Only Army Airborne Wing & a Commando qualification badge.
Too bad, the Korpaskhas soldiers (the oranges) are standing in the back. I can't see their qualifications.
@GGK, where was the picture taken ? If the Indonesian flag shoulder badge is worn, they must be somewhere overseas.