TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Some 195 personnel from the Indonesian Marine Corps, who joined the Ambalat XX Task Force and Outer Island XVIII Task Force, have been deployed to guard the Indonesian border in Sebatik Island, East Kalimantan.
According to a press statement released by the Marine Corps public relations office here on Friday, the personnel will be deployed for the next nine months and would begin their duties from Monday, (December 21).
First Marine Corps Vice Commander Colonel Bambang Sutrisno bid farewell to the personnel in a ceremony titled "The Ambalat XX and Outer Island XVIII Task Force Readiness 2015" at the Marine Corps training ground, Sidoarjo district, East Java.
According to the press statement, 130 personnel will be deployed in Ambalat and 45 in the outermost islands of Indonesia.
In Ambalat, the personnel will be posted in some tactical command outposts, such as in Sie Bajo, Sie Taiwan, Balensiku, Tembaring, and Bambangan. In addition, they will also take charge in the other outer islands of Bras, Dana Rote, and Batek.
"During the assignment, they must prevent human trafficking, slavery, theft of marine products, illegal logging, drugs smuggling, piracy, and terrorism. The outermost islands could be entry or exit points for such activities," Marine Colonel Sutrisno stated.
In his opinion, the personnel were commissioned to the 1st Marine Force Indonesian Marine Corps on the trust of top leaders, which he believes is a matter of pride.
"Hence, this duty must be accomplished seriously and with full responsibility," he added.