Jalesveva Jayamahe Monument Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

Jalesveva Jayamahe Monument was built on a basic idea that a nation should  stand on history, and should appreciate and render heroes service. And there were countless sacrifices that were given by elders, heroes to gain, regain and defense Independence, including the services of Navy. Only partly that were immortalized their names in important monuments.

The monument was established at the Ujung Port, as the witness of the seizure event of Kaigun SE 21/24 Butai on October 3rd 1945 that was marked by oath  of Bahariwan Penataran Angkatan Laut ( Marine of Navy) ” I would sincerely and confidently sacrifice my belongings, body and soul to my country”. The monument got its name from the motto of Indonesian Navy ‘ Jalesveva Jayamahe’ or ‘on the ocean we are glorious’.

The monument also known as Monjaya (the abbreviation of Monument  Jalesveva Jayamahe), depicted a middle-naval officer in Indonesian Navy uniform looking at the ocean with conviction and sincerety at the ocean to represent the next generations to face the waves and storm to gain nation’s goals. He put his right hand on his hip and the other hand holding his sword of honor. Looking to the ocean is a representation of a philosophy that the future is in the ocean.

The monument was established on the west end of Madura Port and also functions as lighthouse for ship passing by at the vicinity. Situated in the port where Naval Ships of Indonesian Navy anchor, visit this monument is very limited and restricted procedures.

The 31 meters statue is standing on a building pedestal with height of 29 meters. On the walls of the building displays diorama about the history of struggle of Indonesian Navy date back before the physical revolutions until the 1990s era. THe building also functioned as executive meeting room. The architect of the monument is Nyoman Nuarta also known as Balinese sculptor.The building process started in 1990 and then officially finished in 1996 coincide with the Armada Day of Republic Indonesia in December 5th 1996 by President Soeharto.

Located in the area, there is a brass with stain-proof coating gong that is called Kyai Tentrem. This giant gong has 5 cm diameter, 6 mm thick and 2.2 tons weight, and it is the symbol of the official ceremony of the monument in 1996.