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Jakarta Post

Minister Prabowo to deploy more ships to protect Natuna

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 22, 2020   /  01:06 pm
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Indonesian navy vessels sail through the Natuna waters off the Riau Islands.(Antara/-)

Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto will deploy more ships to protect the Natuna waters near Indonesia’s northern maritime border by relocating existing vessels operating in other locations to the area and purchasing an ocean-going vessel (OGV) from Denmark. The plans have been made due to reports of illegal fishing by foreign ships at Natuna’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recently, Indonesia filed a protest against Beijing for alleged territorial violations by a Chinese coastguard vessel around Natuna. Prabowo presented both plans during a closed-door meeting with the House of Representatives’ Commission I overseeing defense on Monday, a member of the commission confirmed. "Yes, we discussed those [issues]. The OGV will be used for Indonesian Navy or Maritime Security Agency [Bakamla] missions. It will be included in the ministry’s modernization pla...