Friday, 21 August 2015

RMN Collaborates with Indonesian Navy to Form Quick Response Tteam

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) with the cooperation of the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) will set up a Quick Response Team to act swiftly against criminal cases in the seas.

Navy Chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said it would comprise a special marine force from both countries which would be based in Tanjung Pengelih, Johor and Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia.

He said the Indonesian team would comprise the Detasmen Jala Mengkara (Denjaka) (a specific TNI-AL unit), while Malaysia would have two Paskal (special navy teams).

“Each team would comprise seven members and we will also have two helicopters stationed at all times to respond to reports,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after the donning of the honorary rank of the RMN Volunteer Reserve Corps to the Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) Prof Datuk Dr Aieni Mokhtar, here yesterday.

Aziz said detailed information on the Quick Response Team will be announced soon.

On the robbery on board the ship MT Joaquim last Saturday night, Abdul Aziz urged the shipping company to increase awareness and security and the alarm mechanism to reduce the risk of robberies at sea.

“They also need to ensure that their crew are always in a state of preparedness and alert … this will boost security,” he said.

The MT Joaquim with its load of 3,500 metric tonnes of crude marine gas oil worth about RM2.8 million, was reported missing last Saturday in Malaysian waters while sailing from Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia to Langkawi, and was found at 14 nautical miles east of Pulau Rupat, Indonesia, on Sunday.

Commenting on Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Abdul Aziz said the TLDM will collaborate more with the university in studies and research. (The Borneo Post)

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