S'pore and Indonesia launches enhanced sea surveillance system

Above: ADM Surhartono (left) and LG Neo (right) observing the sea demonstration of ISCP operations, on board the RSN Landing Ship Tank, RSS Resolution.

Singapore and Indonesia's navies today launched an enhanced version of its joint sea surveillance system.

The SURPIC II information sharing portal now provides analytics, real-time chat function and translation as well as enhanced accessibility. These features improve on the original SURPIC sea surveillance system, which was set up in 2005 to provide a common maritime awareness of the Singapore Strait to the Indonesian and Singapore navies.

Chief of Defence Force of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Lieutenant-General (LG) Neo Kian Hong together with his counterpart Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian National Defence Forces Admiral (ADM) Agus Suhartono launched the new system as part of an event held to celebrate the Singapore-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol's (ISCP) 20th anniversary held at the Changi Command and Control Centre at Changi Naval Base this morning.

Established in 1992, the ISCP has combatted sea robberies in the Singapore Strait and Philip Channel through collaborative efforts by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), the Singapore Police Coast Guard (PCG), the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) and the Indonesian National Police (POLRI).

These efforts have resulted in a significant decrease in the number of sea robberies from 27 incidents in 1992 to eight in 2011.

The two chiefs also witnessed the signing of the revised ISCP Standard Operating Procedures, which is designed to strengthen the cooperation of the various stakeholders against sea robberies.

The 20th anniversary of the ISCP underscores the close and long-standing cooperation between the Singapore and Indonesian navies.

rchia@sph.com.sg

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