Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) Chief of Staff Admiral Muhammad Ali made assurance that all patrol activities conducted by Navy warships and aircraft would not cease or recede during the Eid al-Fitr period.

He also stated that some 7,500 Navy personnel would remain on standby to assist the Police in ensuring safe and secure Eid al-Fitr exodus travel for residents.

"To welcome this year's Eid al-Fitr, we will not reduce our patrols. Officers will remain on standby as usual at their assigned places on land or at sea," Ali stated on the sidelines of his activities at the Navy Headquarters here on Friday (April 14).

The admiral remarked that all security operations undertaken by the Navy would proceed as usual, and no leave would be granted to personnel deployed on warships.

"Standby boats will remain on patrol even during the Eid al-Fitr days because it is part of the Indonesian Navy's duty to maintain the security of Indonesian seas," the chief of staff stressed.

Meanwhile, he also highlighted Operation Trisila, taking place with the involvement of the Indonesian Fleet Command and Marine Corps, will not pause during the Eid al-Fitr holiday period.

Personnel of the Navy's Second Marine Infantry Battalion deployed for Operation Trisila had embarked on KRI Teluk Calang-521 from the Military Sealift Command Headquarters Port in Tanjung Priok here on Tuesday (April 11).

The operation is taking place to maintain national sovereignty in Indonesia's maritime borders and to eradicate illegal activities in the Indonesian seas, he stated.

Personnel deployed from Tanjung Priok will join the Indonesian Fleet Command personnel to patrol Indonesia's marine borders for at least 52 days at sea.

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