- Title: Indonesia launches sea patrols with Asian neighbours in lawless area
- Date: 19th June 2017
- Summary: TARAKAN, NORTH KALIMANTAN PROVINCE, INDONESIA (JUNE 19, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** INDONESIAN WARSHIP DOCKING RED CROSS SYMBOL OFF COAST OF INDONESIA (JUNE 19, 2017) (REUTERS) MEETING ABOARD SHIP MEDIA REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN DEFENCE MINISTER RYAMIZARD RYACUDU SAYING: "Maintaining safety in the oceans of Asia is the duty and responsibility of these nations' leaders, not anybody else's. We will show that we can manage our own safety and sovereignty in these seas." INDONESIAN CARGO BOAT AT SEA MAN ACTING AS HIJACKER PATROLLING ON BOARD RE-ENACTMENT OF HIJACKING ABOARD SHIP 'HIJACKERS' CARRYING RIFLES WALKING VARIOUS OF INDONESIAN SEA INFANTRY APPROACHING ON SPEEDBOAT SOLDIERS FIRING VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS RAPPELLING FROM HELICOPTER SOLDIERS ENTERING SHIP SHIP VARIOUS OF MINISTERS WATCHING THE REENACTMENT RYACADU (IN BLACK CAP) WATCHING VARIOUS OF INDONESIAN SHIPS INDONESIAN SOLDIERS ON SPEEDBOAT MEDIA TAKING PHOTOS INDONESIAN BOAT MAN TAKING PHOTO WITH PHONE INDONESIAN BOAT PASSING NEWS CONFERENCE STARTING MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) MALAYSIAN DEFENCE MINISTER, HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN SAYING: "Here, the three of us would like to send a message as clear as possible to Islamic State and Daesh. While we are leading our respective countries, we will send them a message that we will not let them get even an inch near our seas." TARAKAN, NORTH KALIMANTAN PROVINCE, INDONESIA (JUNE 19, 2017) (REUTERS) MEDIA NAVY OFFICERS BRINGING TREATY HAND SIGNING TREATY INDONESIAN ARMY CHIEF GATOT NURMANTYO AND OTHER ARMY CHIEFS SIGNING TREATY END OF SIGNING CEREMONY
- Embargoed: 3rd July 2017 10:26
- Keywords: Indonesia Malaysia Philippines joint sea patrol Islamic State pirates Marawi Islamist militants
- Location: OFF COAST OF INDONESIA / TARAKAN, INDONESIA
- City: OFF COAST OF INDONESIA / TARAKAN, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016LY0HTX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING
Warships from Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia held drills on Monday (June 19) near a naval base in northern Borneo to mark the launch of coordinated patrols to beef up security in waters plagued by insurgencies and banditry.
Helicopters and surveillance planes flew overhead as defence ministers and army chiefs from the three nations attended ceremonies to launch the patrols and as regional security takes on added urgency after Islamist militants overran a town in the southern Philippines.
The Philippine military has said that some of the Islamist militants, who were made up of local insurgent groups that have pledged allegiance to Islamic State but also some foreign fighters, may have mingled with evacuees to slip away during the battle for Marawi City that has raged for almost four weeks. The spectacular collapse in security in the southern Philippines has alarmed neighbours such as Indonesia and Malaysia.
A maritime command centre in the naval base of Tarakan, a port town just south of the Malaysian side of Borneo and looks out across to Mindanao in the southern Philippines, aims to coordinate the patrols and information sharing was also opened on the same day. Two other centers are located in Malaysia's Tawau and Bongao in the Philippines.
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