Maritime security agency, Navy should closely cooperate

BINTANGNEWS.com – The Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) should closely coordinate with other maritime stakeholders, particularly the Indonesian Navy, to maximize law enforcement in Indonesian waters, said Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto on Tuesday.
Speaking to journalists after meeting with Bakamla chief. Rear Adm. Ari Soedewo, Wiranto stressed that close cooperation between maritime institutions was needed to respond to challenging issues such as illegal fishing, piracy and hostage-taking cases.
"[Through close synergy], Bakamla could help propel the strength of existing institutions in doing their jobs to secure the country's maritime territories," said Wiranto.
Bakamla, which was established on Dec. 13, 2014 to replace the Maritime Security Coordinating Board, still has many shortcomings, said Wiranto, adding that it currently has only six patrol vessels expected to operate throughout Indonesian waters.
Therefore, Bakamla should coordinate further with the Indonesian Navy since the force has more vessels and fleets. “The synergy would also help both institutions to overcome overlapping regulations,” he added.***
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Editing: T. Bintang
source: Thejakartapost


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