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Jakarta Post

Bakamla vows to increase presence in strategic waters

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 17, 2020   /  11:18 am
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Vice. Adm. Aan Kurnia (center) takes an oath during his inauguration as the new chief of Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) at the State Palace on Wednesday, Feb. 12.(Presidential Palace Press Bureau/Lukas)

Newly inaugurated Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) chief Vice Adm. Aan Kurnia has said increasing the agency’s presence in the country’s strategic waters, including around the resource-rich Natuna islands near the highly disputed South China Sea, is one of his immediate priorities. Aan took an oath before President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo last Wednesday at the State Palace, taking over from Ahmad Taufiqoerrochman, who is retiring. “I will increase [Bakamla’s] presence at sea, particularly in the areas where our presence is needed,” Aan said at the Bakamla headquarters on Friday. He also vowed to improve coordination and synergy with other maritime stakeholders, a measure he deemed necessary to help overcome Bakamla’s lack of human resources, weapons systems and patrol boats to support its operations. “[Bakamla’s] weap...