Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines Launch Co-ordinated Air Patrols

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    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

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    Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines launch co-ordinated air patrols over tri-border maritime region
    Ridzwan Rahmat - IHS Jane's Navy International


    Key Points

    • A co-ordinated air patrol regime involving military assets of three countries has been launched
    • Initiative is established against efforts by Islamic state to form a stronger presence in the Southern Philippines
    Amid threats posed by returning Islamic State fighters from the Middle East to Southeast Asia, the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines have taken steps to further improve security in their tri-border maritime region by establishing a co-ordinated air patrol regime.

    Known as the Trilateral Air Patrol (TAP), the regime was formally launched by the Malaysian Minister of Defence, Hishammuddin Hussein at the Subang Air Base near Kuala Lumpur on 12 October.