Thursday, 8 October 2015

Royal Malaysian Navy Rapid Deployment Team To Address Crime In Country's Waters

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 (Bernama) -- The Royal Malaysian Navy has set up a Rapid Deployment Team to respond swiftly to tackle crime in the country's waters.

RMN Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations and Exercises) Rear Admiral Datuk Pahlawan Mior Rosdi Mior Mohd Jaafar said the team would be located in Tanjung Pengelih, Johor, where most crimes in the country's waters took place.

"The team consists of two groups - the Assault Team and Sniper Team - comprising 14 members ... it is also equipped with two helicopters, the Super Lynx and Fennec, and a CB90 gunboat.

"With the establishment of this force, crimes such as ship hijacks can be dealt with quickly," he told reporters after chairing the first Anti Sea Robbery Cooperation Working Group (ASRC WG) meeting here today.

He said that apart from carrying out rescue operations during emergencies, the team would also conduct exercises on large commercial ships and tankers to show its presence in the country's waters.

The ASRC WG meeting was attended by representatives of navy chiefs of seven Asean countries, namely Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Among the matters agreed to at the meeting were to create a communication line linking the member countries to provide security in the region's waters, particularly in the southwest of the South China Sea. (BERNAMA)

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