Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Indonesian Military Ships Undo Attack Somali Pirates

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Menko Polhukam) Djoko Suyanto said the government has sent two ships to waters off Somalia. This ship will initially be used to free the 20 citizens of the Ghost Ship MV Sinar Somali pirates held hostage.

Djoko explained that the two ships consisted of 40 personnel and has been in the target area. "If we are reckless in the act, it is risky to the safety of the crew," Djoko said in his office, Friday, April 15, 2011.

When the two ships departed, the Holy Light was still in the middle of the sea. At that time, the government wants to carry out military incursion since the position of the Holy Light is still there in the middle of the sea.

"More military invasion could be carried out with high success if it is the sea. But, if the (ship) located on the coast, high risk," he explained.

However, when two ships arrived at the target, the Holy Light was already docked to the beach with dozens of other hostages ship. The government was nevertheless launched a military invasion of the country originally planned.

"Because the ship was docked, so we thought the lines of communication via the ship owner."

Two rescue ships are now still waiting for further developments while refueling and logistics. "Because it's located on the beach, we had difficulty because of high risk."

Prior to lean on the beach, Djoko explained vessels owned by PT Samudera Indonesia had never used the pirates to hijack another ship. But because it does not find the target, the hijackers had brought the ship back to shore.

Related to military operations, Menkopolhukan admitted that he had communicated with the family of the crew. "They (the family) asked to be careful, because if the option is prone to do," he added.



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