Sea Transportation: Eye in the Sky Over the Straits of Malacca


December 17, 2005: The Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean "Eye in the Sky" program to conduct combined aerial maritime patrols over the pirate infested waters in and around the Straits of Malacca (SOM) achieved an important milestone on December 6th, when representatives of the three nations, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, agreed on a comprehensive set of standard operating procedures. Trilateral patrols are expected to begin shortly after the SOPs are formally signed, in about ten days. Despite the absence of formal SOPs, Malaysia and Singapore have been conducting combined patrols for some months now using an informal set of guidelines.

Reportedly, two of the three countries, Indonesia and Malaysia, have held conversations with Japan to arrange for training in aerial maritime patrol operations, a step that might not only suggest possible future Japanese participation in the program but may, more concretely, lead to local procurement of P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft built under license in Japan by Kawasaki.

In a related development, elements of the Malaysian Navy are currently taking part in maritime counter-terrorism exercises with the Philippine Navy, in the southern Philippines.


Article Archive

Sea Transportation: Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close