PUTRAJAYA, Feb 5 (Bernama) -- Australia intends to provide two retired Australian Customs and Border Protection Bay Class patrol boats to Malaysia by the middle of next year, said Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Service, Scott Morrison.
He said the boats would be used by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) to counter people-smuggling operations throughout the region as both Australia and Malaysia had cooperated closely to combat this illegal activity.
He said Australia would provide training with the patrol boats which would involve Australian Customs and Border Protection Services officers assisting in the development of MMEA's existing capability.
The Bay Class Patrol boats have a range of 1,000 nautical miles at 20 knots, are crewed by 12 officers and equipped with two response tenders capable of being launched from moving patrol boat in most sea states.
Earlier this morning, MMEA General Director Admiral Maritime Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish received Morrison at the MMEA office in Putrajaya.