Mindef mulls over forward base to protect Sarawak waters

I wonder if Seaventures can rent out helideck space for drones?

Dateline 2016-04-06, Malay Mail:

Sarawak’s first forward operating base modified out of a decommissioned oil platform may be built in Bintulu waters to tighten security of the coastline town noted for its multi-billion ringgit oil and gas industry.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said it will be modelled after Sabah’s foward base which was completed with the cooperation of oil giant Petronas.

“If that (foward base) is suitable for implementation in Bintulu, with assistance from those in the oil and gas industry, we will be able to respond faster,” he told reporters after launching the national-level Army Veteran Entrepreneurs Carnival here today.

If the plan materialised, Hishamuddin said, the foward base would be able to operate as helicopter landing base, handling unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, and station the special task force.

He said the matter will be discussed in detail with the oil and gas industry after the 11th state election as it was quite expensive to set up such facilities in the open sea.



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