UNGERIN

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Marine Assault Team
Unit Gempur Marin
Crest of the Marine Combat Unit.png
The official crest of UNGERIN
Active 2006–2008: Combat Diving Unit
2008–present: UNGERIN
Country  Malaysia
Branch Royal Malaysia Police
Type Police Tactical Unit
Role Counter Terrorism
Hostage Rescue
Law Enforcement
Special Operations
Size c. 52 operators (Nov 2008)[1]
Part of Coat of arms of Malaysia.svg Ministry of Home Affairs
Marine Operations Force
National Special Operations Force
Garrison/HQ WM: Marine Police Base Kg. Acheh, Setiawan, Perak
EM: Marine Police Base Lahad Datu, Lahad Datu, Sabah
Nickname(s) UNGERIN
Motto(s) Gempur, Tangkas, Cekap
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Colour of Beret   Light blue
Engagements
Commanders
First Commander Senior Assistant Commissioner Abdul Rahman Ahmad

The Marine Assault Team (MAST) (Malay: Unit Gempur Marin; UNGERIN, Jawi: اونيت ڬمڤور مارين), formally known as Combat Diving Unit (Malay: Unit Selam Tempur) is a maritime Special Operations Malaysian counter-terrorism squad, and part of the Royal Malaysia Police's Marine Operations Force. Fully operational on 2007, the UNGERIN conducts anti-piracy and counter-terrorism operations in the coastal waters surrounding Malaysia and assists the marine police to respond swiftly.[2]

It is funded, equipped, and trained by the United States and Japan, the UNGERIN operates out of the RMP's Marine Police Bases in Kampung Aceh, Sitiawan, Perak for suppression of critical situations in the Straits of Malacca and Lahad Datu Marine Police Base, Sabah for operations in Sabah and Sarawak.

For most operations, the unit is to be supported by various Malaysian special forces units, including Pasukan Gerakan Khas when crimes takes place in Malaysian waters.[3]

History[edit]

Established in March 2006, the Unit Gempur Marin was created under the Royal Malaysia Police with the first name as the Unit Selam Tempur due to the pressing need of suppressing pirate attacks alongside the coastal area of Malacca Straits and open sea area of South China Sea which were continuously widespread from time to time despite various efforts done to overcome the problem.[4] Throughout the year of 2006, 239 cases of pirate attacks were reported according to statistics of the International Maritime Bureau, Kuala Lumpur.

As a result of concentrated efforts by Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, the piracy activities were drastically reduced.[5] Nevertheless, law enforcement agencies from the 3 countries continue to be vigilant against pirate activity in the Straits of Malacca.[6]

For the unit's restructuring, the name of UST was changed to Unit Gempur Marin or UNGERIN in the year 2008.[1] Its eventual goal is to have 200 operators on standby with UNGERIN.[3]

Roles[edit]

The roles of the RMP UNGERIN are predominantly focused on, but not restricted to the littoral and riverine waterborne domains, including:

For this, UNGERIN operators are to patrol the following places:[3]

  • Ports, lakes, dam
  • Islands
  • Vessels in Estuaries
  • Waters that have human/boat traffic

Training[edit]

Masked UNGERIN operators armed with the MP5A3 submachine gun while on duty at Muar city after the launching of Community Policing by Johor Chief Minister Dato Abdul Ghani Othman.

Based on this critical need, a specific doctrine from RMP led to the establishment of a marine elite unit performing said task. Approximately 30 members of the squad (69 Commandos Special Forces were sent to this unit), and the unit will be upgraded to a strength of 100 in the future with 70 personnel employed in stages in the duration of two years after receiving approval from the Public Service Department, which are divided to three detachments, to guard the waters of Malacca Straits and the Sulu Sea. This unit was basically trained by the 69 Commandos of PGK. The unit was trained by the US Navy SEALs from a training exercise code-named Fusion Mint.[7] Training is also carried out with the aid of US Coast Guard and various intelligence agencies.

The unit is currently being trained in Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu. Most of these instructors were US Navy SEAL personnels. Besides the advanced diving training, they will be trained with other advanced training, including tactical warfare, marksmanship, sniping, bomb disposal, direct action, sabotage, counter-terrorism, and intelligence gathering as well as paramedic training, along with special missions which are normally handled by special forces.[8][9]

On 2 February 2007, UST anti-terror marine police and 69 Commandos trained abroad with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), Royal Thai Marine Police (RTMP) and Thai Marine Department (TMD) for the combating maritime robberies exercise at waters of Ku Tarutao, Thailand, four nautical miles from the Malaysia-Thai border. The Japan Coast Guard deployed the PLH22 YASHIMA 5,000 tons patrol vessel to Langkawi for this mock exercise.

UNGERIN has recently participated with the Royal Malaysian Navy on 28 March 2009.[10]

Capabilities[edit]

Masked UNGERIN operators armed with MP5A5, fitted with the Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight during a shipboarding exercise on a hijacked ship during LIMA '09.

UNGERIN has been trained in maritime capabilities such as:

On qualification, Marine Police of the UNGERIN wear the blue berets[1] with light blue hackle and camouflage uniform, the uniforms worn by paramilitary and special forces of RMP. All tactics of maritime commandos are exactly similar to those of the UK Special Boat Service as well as US Navy and USMC commando special force units.

As part of UNGERIN's restructuring, all marine police bases would be made coastal police stations with forward bases to double as coastal police posts for UNGERIN forces to rapidly respond to maritime threats.[11] Furthermore, the unit is very active in developing and testing methods and tactics for these missions.

Weaponry and equipments[edit]

UNGERIN officers are frequently seen armed with a Bushmaster Carbon 15 carbine when an operation or a raid is conducted while the Walther P99QA pistol is used as the standard sidearm. However, the Carbon 15 is cancelled for used when it's suffered the mechanical defectors in the charging handle holder and replaced by M16A1 rifles.

They also use a varied arsenal of weapons such as the Glock 19 pistols, Heckler & Koch HK512 and Remington 870 shotguns, Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun, Accuracy International Arctic Warfare sniper rifles and Heckler & Koch PSG1 marksmen rifles, Heckler & Koch HK11 general purpose machinegun, M203 grenade launcher and Colt CM901 battle rifles.

The unit has its own RHIB navy transport speedboat with the capacity of holding ten passengers and able to travel at 60+ knots, two engines with 250 brake horsepower to increase its maritime operational capabilities.[12] On 11 July 2007, the RMP purchased 10 units of Marine Alutech Watercat M14 PSC class landing craft vessels from Marine Alutech OY AB Service with 22 passengers capacity and 30 knots speed, possibly equipped with 12.7mm NSV machinegun, 40mm grenade machinegun and 120m Patria NEMO mortar for use by marine police as well as UNGERIN operatives for amphibious assault duties even in shallow waters. The boats are built by Geliga Slipway Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. The boats are to be supplied in 2008-2009.[13][14]

For equipment, UNGERIN basically uses commercial scuba diver equipment. All operatives also equipped with lightweight PRO-TEC helmets, fire-resistant Nomex coveralls, or BDUs (battle dress uniform), Plate Carrier for carrying ammunition and specialist equipment, tactical gloves, balaclava or protective face covering, protective eye goggles, Gas mask, flashlight (usually a Surefire or Heckler & Koch brand), combat steel reinforced boots, flexi-cuffs, and thigh ammo. Ballistic vests including rigid plate inserts, are standard issue. These vests are labelled with "POLICE", RMP insignia, or not labelled, to allow for easy identification. They often use drop leg holsters, while some officers prefer hip holsters.

Notable operations[edit]

Operation Barracuda[edit]

UNGERIN operators had participated in an anti-smuggling operation, seized smuggled RM2mil worth of contraband liquor, beer and cigarettes smuggled in from Labuan.[15] Two local youths were nabbed while several others fled into the mangrove swamp when police identified themselves at 9pm on Sunday at Sungai Kampung Tananak near Menumbok, about 130 km.

That 30 personnel, led by ASP Fauzi Bin Ibrahim, seized 1,100 liquor bottles and 36,700 packets of various cigarette brands in a special operation codenamed Ops Barracuda. They also seized nine boats, each equipped with 200HP engines, used for smuggling operations between the duty-free island and mainland Sabah. Police were investigating the activities of the syndicate and trying to identify the mastermind.[16]

Operation Daulat[edit]

The operators was sent to Lahad Datu, Sabah as part of the Malaysian security forces team to secure the area from an armed terrorists known as Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Malay: Angkatan Bersenjata Diraja Kesultanan Sulu dan Borneo Utara). Other than the official duties of storming, searching and "cleaning up" the villages the terrorists entered, the UNGERIN has also been busy doing something similar, but in charge of coastal areas. Led by ASP Mohd Aris Bin Jambul as a Field Commander of Marine 4th Region, an UNGERIN operators perform to secure a 20 km beachhead from Kampung Tanduo to Kampung Tanjung Batu, Kampung Labian, Kampung Sungai Bilis and Kampung Sungai Nyamuk, to be currently unoccupied.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Marine bases to serve as coastal police stations". Daily Express. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Muhammad, Zuridan. "MAST - Unit Tempur Pasukan Gerakan Marin". Majalah Tempur. 
  3. ^ a b c "擴展服務範圍水警兼管查案" (in Chinese). China Press. 21 April 2009. Archived from the original on 5 May 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Upacara Pelancaran Bot Ronda WaterCat M14, Perisytiharan Unit Gempur Marin (UNGERIN) & Perisytiharan". www.rmp.gov.my. Retrieved 2017-07-31. 
  5. ^ "Anti-piracy drive in Malacca Straits". BBC Online. BBC. 20 July 2004. Retrieved 24 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Straits of Malacca traffic set to increase". The Star. 12 May 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  7. ^ Tan Sin Chow (30 March 2009). "Deadly pirate battle". The Star. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Commando unit for marine police". New Straits Times. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Unit Selam Tempur - miliki kemahiran ala komando" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 27 July 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008. 
  10. ^ 水警突擊隊演習 (in Chinese). Sin Chew Daily. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  11. ^ "Marine Police Bases To Serve As Coastal Police Stations". Bernama. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  12. ^ "Bot penggempur RHFB perkasa pasukan Polis Marin" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  13. ^ "Saksan asevoimat harkitsee venehankintaa Suomesta" (in Finnish). Ruotuväki article. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  14. ^ "Marine Alutech delivers 10 PCS landing crafts for Royal Malaysian Police". Marine Alutech websites. 11 July 2007. Archived from the original on 8 June 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  15. ^ "Polis Marin tumpaskan penyeludupan di Menumbok" (in Malay). New Sabah Times. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  16. ^ "Marine police seize contraband goods worth RM2mil". The Star. 20 January 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "Marine step up patrols along coastal villages in East Sabah". New Straits Times. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ops in water villages more challenging". New Straits Times. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 

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