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Malacca Strait Nations Start Coordinated Patrols

The Indonesian, Singapore and Malaysian navies began joint patrols of the vital Strait of Malacca shipping lane Tuesday to combat piracy and terrorism and demonstrate they can handle the job. One senior military officer, however, opened the door a crack for forces from other countries to play a role one day. Seventeen vessels — seven from Indonesia and five each from Malaysia and Singapore — took part in the early morning exercises on calm seas under sunny skies. About 50 officials from the three littoral states, including their military and naval chiefs, watched as ships fired flares and half a dozen parachutists dropped from a plane into the water to be picked up by a small boat in a simulated pirate chase.Full Story

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