Singapore, Indonesia intercept terrorist boat in simulated scenario

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) recently completed a joint naval exercise Eagle Indopura 2018 in Singapore and Surabaya, Indonesia. Eagle Indopura 2018 was held April 19 to 27.

Republic of Singapore Navy photo

This year’s edition of the said exercise featured, for the first time, a counter-terrorism serial in the maritime environment between the RSN’s Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) and the TNI AL’s Western Fleet Sea Security Group, GUSKAMLABAR (GKBA).

Reacting to the simulated scenario: the RSN was warned of an imminent terrorist threat in the Singapore Strait. Together with the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL), the RSN detected a possible terrorist mothership launching a small boat. Through the Information Fusion Centre, both navies shared information and tactical co-ordination in real-time. Together, KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda, two Quick Reaction Force fast boats from GKBA, along with RSS Independence and the attached boarding from 180 Squadron worked together to intercept the small boat.

“Both navies exercised information sharing and sense-making to enhance maritime awareness, and joint operational planning to provide effective responses for regional maritime security contingencies,” Singapore Ministry of Defense said. “During the serial, both headquarters collaborated effectively to deploy naval assets to disrupt a simulated terror attack threatening commercial shipping transiting through the Singapore Strait.”

Republic of Singapore Navy photo

The RSN participated with a Formidable-class Frigate RSS Formidable, a Victory-class Missile Corvette RSS Valour, and an Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel RSS Independence. The TNI AL participated with two Diponegoro-class Frigates KRI Diponegoro (embarked with BO-105 helicopter) and KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda, a Kondor-class Patrol Craft KRI Pulau Rusa and Quick Reaction Force teams from GKBA, and a CN-235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.