The navies of ASEAN member countries are to join forces and hold a joint operation to uncover the masterminds behind incidents of piracy in the Malacca Strait which have recurred recently.
“We will work together with ASEAN member countries to track the masterminds of crimes in the Malacca Strait. One of the masterminds is believed to be outside Indonesia but in a nearby country,” The Indonesian Navy’s Western Fleet (Armabar) commander Rear Admiral Taufiqurrahman said at the Western Fleet Sea Security Unit in Batam, Riau Islands, on Tuesday.
He said the Indonesia Navy would deploy two armed BO helicopters in Batam during the operation to secure the Malacca Strait against criminal acts.
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