Singapore warship foils pirate attack

SINGAPORE - A distress call by a tug boat that was being attacked by pirates in the Singapore Strait triggered a successful rescue by a Singapore warship.

RSS Resilience was deployed today (Sept 1) at 9.07am to disrupt a sea robbery on the Malaysian-flagged tugboat Permata 1, said the Ministry Of Defence (MINDEF) in a statement.

The robbers fled to Indonesian waters when the Fearless -class patrol vessel arrived on scene at 9.21am.

Information on the incident and perpetrators was then relayed to the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. The TNI-AL later apprehended three robbers and recovered the stolen cargo, MINDEF said.

RSS Resilience accompanied Permata 1 safely to Singapore waters where the Police Coast Guard boarded the tugboat for investigation.

Speaking about the incident, Rear-Admiral Frederick Chew, Commander of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s Maritime Security Task Force, said, "I am heartened to see the good co-operation between Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian enforcement agencies in disrupting the sea robbery attempt on Permata 1.

"In particular, the close co-operation between the RSN and TNI AL is a reflection of the strong ties between our navies. We need to continue working closely together to keep up the pressure on sea robbers and to bring sea robbery incidents down."