Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Navy will deploy five warships to secure the 2022 MotoGP Championship to be held at Mandalika International Circuit, West Nusa Tenggara in March, a navy official has confirmed.
Mataram Naval Base Commander Colonel Djawara Whimbo said the warships will be deployed to thwart security threats, especially threats at sea, during the MotoGP championship.
“The five warships will be assigned to areas close to the MotoGP site, and a few days before the event, we will focus the security mission on the coastline near the circuit and in the passenger ports,” Whimbo informed Mataram. , West Nusa Tenggara, on Friday.
The security patrol in the province’s five ports – three ports on Lombok Island and two on Sumbawa Island – will involve military officers and relevant institutions, such as port authorities, the SAR team, the water police and the maritime security agency, he said.
“All relevant components will be involved in the security mission,” Whimbo added.
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Apart from combating maritime piracy, the navy will also guard the sea to help evacuate passenger ships involved in accidents if necessary, the naval base commander said.
The Navy is currently pursuing joint security training to enhance its ability to anticipate and manage potential security issues that may arise at sea, he said.
“We are currently involving relevant stakeholders in joint training to handle possible future issues. For example, we will work together with the water police to tackle the issue of maritime piracy,” Whimbo said.
He informed that of the five planned warships, KRI Sampari-628 was anchored at Lembar Port in West Lombok District.
“The other ships are on their way, with one ship currently sailing for West Nusa Tenggara, and three more ships will be deployed close to the MotoGP Championship date,” the Colonel added.
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