UNGERIN (Malaysia)

UNGERIN (Malaysia)
January 04 23:00 2011 Print This Article

The Marine Combat Unit is a maritime Special Operations squad under the command of the Royal Malaysian Police. Fully operational on 2007, the UNGERIN conducts anti-piracy and counter-terrorism operations in the coastal waters surrounding Malaysia and assists the marine police to respond swiftly.

Trained by the United States, the UNGERIN operates out of the RMP’s Marine Police Bases in Kampung Aceh, Sitiawan, Perak for suppression of critical situations in the Straits of Malacca and Lahad Datu Marine Police Base, Sabah for operations in Sabah and Sarawak.

For most operations, the unit is to be supported by various Malaysian special forces units, including VAT 69/UTK when crimes takes place in Malaysian waters.

The roles of the Royal Malaysian Police UNGERIN are predominantly focused on, but not restricted to the littoral and riverine waterborne domains, including:

For this, UNGERIN operators are to patrol the following places:

Established in March 2006, the Unit Gempur Marin was created under the Royal Malaysian Police with the first name as the Unit Selam Tempur due to the pressing need of suppressing pirate attacks alongside the coastal area of Malacca Straits and open sea area of South China Sea which were continuously widespread from time to time despite various efforts done to overcome the problem. Throughout the year of 2006, 239 cases of pirate attacks were reported according to statistics of the International Maritime Bureau, Kuala Lumpur.

As a result of concentrated efforts by Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, the piracy activities were drastically reduced. Nevertheless, law enforcement agencies from the 3 countries continue to be vigilant against pirate activity in the Straits of Malacca.

For the unit’s restructing, the name of UST was changed to Unit Gempur Marin or UNGERIN in the year 2008. Its eventual goal is to have 200 operators on standby with UNGERIN.

Training

Based on this critical need, a specific doctrine from the Royal Malaysian Police has led to the establishment of a marine elite unit in performing the said task. Approximately 30 members of the squad (VAT 69 Police Commandos Special Forces were sent to this unit), and the unit will be upgraded to 100 men strength in the future with 70 personnel will be employed in stages in the duration of two years after receiving the approval from the Public Service Department, which are divided to 3 detachments,

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to guard the waters of Malacca Straits and the Sulu Sea. This unit was trained by the VAT 69 Police Commandos and US special service forces, by United States Coast Guard and United States Navy SEALs from a training exercise code-named Fusion Mint.

In the first phase, this 30-personnel strong special force is to undergo training in Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu, by instructors from Navy SEALs. Besides the basic diving training, they will be trained with other basic training, including tactical warfares, marksmanship, sniping, bomb disposal, direct action, sabotage, counter-terrorism, and intelligence gathering and paramedic training, along with special missions which are normally handled by special forces.

On 2 February 2007, UST anti-teror marine police and VAT 69 Police Commandos trained abroad with Japan Coast Guard (JCG), Royal Thai Marine Police (RTMP) and Thai Marine Department (TMD) for the combating maritime robberies exercise at waters of Ku Tarutao, Thailand, four nautical miles from the Malaysia-Thai borders. The Japan Coast Guard deployed the PLH22 YASHIMA 5,000 tons patrol vessel to Langkawi for this mock exercise.

UNGERIN has recently participated with the Royal Malaysian Navy on March 28, 2009.

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