Manado, North Sulawesi (ANTARA) - Chief of the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla), Vice Admiral Aan Kurnia, officially launched the "Yudhistira -1/23" joint patrol at the pier of Bitung city, North Sulawesi, on Wednesday.

The joint patrol is being carried out for the second time following the passage of Government Regulation No.13 of 2022 on the implementation of security, safety, and law enforcement in Indonesian territorial waters and territories under Indonesian jurisdiction, he informed.

In 2023, as a follow-up to the government regulation, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, issued Ministerial Decree No.1 of 2023 concerning the national patrol plan for 2023.

"These two regulations mandate that marine enforcement officers carry out a joint and integrated patrol under Bakamla's coordination and (that) is based on the applicable laws and regulations," Kurnia said.

The implementation of the joint patrol is aimed at improving security, safety, and law enforcement in Indonesian waters and territory, he added.

"As well as realizing synergy for implementing an effective and efficient patrol by utilizing resources, while still prioritizing aspects of national security," he said.

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Kurnia further said he expects the relevant and technical agencies to work hand in hand to make the joint patrol a success so as to have a deterrent effect on illegal activities at sea.

The Bakamla chief urged all sea commanders, ship captains, and crews participating in the joint patrol to keep coordinating well with patrol controllers and assets.

"Let's equalize perceptions, mindsets, and actions in carrying out duties, and instill the idea that everything we do is for the sake of the nation and the state," Kurnia said.

Four personnel from Bakamla, three from the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL), two from the Water Police, two Customs and Excise officers, two from the Marine and Fishery Resources Surveillance (PSDKP), and two from the Indonesian Sea and Coast Guard (KPLP) are participating in the joint patrol.

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Translator: Jorie D, Kenzu
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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