Indonesia to increase sea patrols along border with Malaysia.
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
The Navy says it will intensify patrols along the sea border with Malaysia in 2014.
Preparation for the operation, codenamed "Operasi Benteng Hiu-14", was discussed in detail at a meeting headed by Com. Aan Kurnia in Surabaya, East Java, on Thursday.
According to the Navy information service, Operasi Benteng Hiu-14 will involve six warships, a company of marines and a maritime spy aircraft as well as an intelligence task force.
The warships include the KRI Oswald Siahaan-354 destroyer and the KRI Lambung Mangkurat-374 anti-submarine ship, Antara news agency reported.
The focus of Operasi Benteng Hiu-14 will be sea patrols along the frontier area to deter the encroachment of territorial borders, weapon smuggling, piracy and other criminal offenses in the sea, Aan said.
Aan said the Navy often received reports on armed robbery targeting Indonesian fishermen in the sea off Sebatik Island by unidentified people who fled into Malaysian territory.
"In addition, there are still attempts to smuggle weapons via the sea, such as the incident that took place recently," Aan said as quoted by Antara.
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