Thursday, 3 September 2015

Malaysian military implements initiatives to beef up security

SEPANGGAR: The Malaysian Armed Forces is implementing nine initiatives to beef up the level of security in Sabah, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said among them were the deployment of two sea basings, namely the Tun Azizan naval base and Tun Sharifah Rodziah naval base to enhance maritime security in the waters off Sabah east coast.

“In terms of assets, four P38 boats and five Silverbreeze boats are now being deployed to the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) and will be operated by the Malaysian Royal Navy to conduct patrols and interception at sea,” he told reporters after officiating the Sepanggar Umno delegates meeting here yesterday.

He said a helicopter is placed at KD Semporna to support the Special Naval Force (Paskal)’s operations besides having two additional Paskal teams to increase ESSCom’s defence capabilities.

In strengthening air defence, he said five Hawk fighter aircraft are placed at the Labuan naval base as a strategic measure to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as in Sabah and Sarawak and South China Sea.

Hishammuddin said his ministry also planned to upgrade the Labuan naval base to support ongoing operations and allow for the placement of up to one Hawk squadron. (Bernama)

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