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Singapore and Indonesian Navies Launch Sea Surveillance System

(Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence; issued May 26, 2005)


The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) officially launched Project SURPIC in Batam today.


This is a sea surveillance system which allows the RSN and TNI-AL to share a common real-time sea situation picture of the Singapore Strait. It will enable the two navies to better monitor this busy waterway, so that they can exchange information, and deploy their patrol vessels in the area more effectively.


Project SURPIC is a significant step forward in enhancing security and the safety of shipping in the Singapore Strait. It strengthens the already close working relationship between the RSN and TNI-AL under the ambit of the Indo-Sin Co-ordinated Patrols (ISCP), and enhances the interoperability of the two navies to combat piracy and sea robberies.


Chief of Navy RADM Ronnie Tay and his Indonesian counterpart ADM Slamet Soebijanto officiated at the ceremony. They also witnessed the signing of the Project SURPIC Cooperation Arrangement between RSN’s Coastal Command and TNI-AL’s Western Fleet Sea Security Group. This was followed by a joint demonstration of Project SURPIC’s capabilities against a simulated sea robbery.


The demonstration involved the RSN, TNI-AL, the Singapore Police Coast Guard and the Indonesian Police.

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