Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint patrols

Ships of the Malaysian navy (Source: Wikipedia)

Hanoi (VNA) – Navy forces of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines began
joint exercises near a military base on Boneo island, northern Indonesia, on
June 19.


The
exercises also marked the launching of their coordinated maritime patrols to intensify the
fight against Islamic militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine
city.


Helicopters
and surveillance planes flew overhead as ministers and army chiefs from the
countries attended a ceremony to launch the patrols. The move came after Islamic
militants attacked Marawi city on Mindanao island in the southern Philippines.
Singapore and Brunei also participated in the event as observers.


The
same day, Indonesia also inaugurated a navy command centre at the Tarakan base in
North Kalimantan province on Borneo island. Two other command centres will be
established in Tawau of Malaysia and Bongao of the Philippines.


Indonesian
defence officers said that the centres will coordinate the joint patrols and
share information, ensuring regional security. A mobile police brigade has also
been deployed to northern areas on Sulawesi island to prevent militants from
crossing the border.


Addressing
the event, Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu stressed that
maintaining maritime security is the common duty of ASEAN member countries. Indonesia’s
navy asked local people, including fishermen, to report any suspects to
security forces.


Colonel
Didik Krisyanto, commander of the Tarakan air base, said three Sukhoi fighters
have been deployed to prevent militants from penetrating into Indonesia.-VNA

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint patrols

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