17 September 2015

Commandos to be Deployed Onboard Random Cargo Ships: MMEA

17 September 2015

MMEA commandos STAR (photo : theborneopost)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will deploy its commandos onboard government-linked companies' cargo vessels soon to deter piracy activities in Malaysian waters. 

Maritime Criminal Investigation division director First Admiral Datuk Zulkifli Abu Bakar said the deployment of commandos from MMEA's Special Task and Rescue (Star) will be made based on threat assessment analysis.

RMN commandos, PASKAL (photo : lowyat)

"This initiative has been discussed with the management of GLC shipping companies, where they agreed to have our commandos onboard their randomly selected vessels. 

"Each operation will involve a unit of at least four armed commandos," he said during a press conference at a hotel, here, earlier today. 

Zulkifli said they are in the final stage of planning and preparation, and the operation will start "very soon". 

It was understood that the latest initiative was a part of the agency's plan in combating piracy activities in Malaysian territory following recent incidents which saw several cargo vessels, including GLC-owned MT Orkim Harmony, hijacked by pirates.


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