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Unit Gempur Marin
Badge UST.jpg
UST Insignia before it was renamed to UNGERIN
Active 2007 - known as Combat Diving Unit (UST)
2008 - UNGERIN (Present)
Country  Malaysia
Branch PDRM-Ensign.PNG Royal Malaysian Police
Type Special Operations
Role Domestic Counter-Terrorism and Law Enforcement
Size 52 Policemen[1]
Part of Directly under control of Marine Operations Force
Garrison/HQ Marine Police Headquarters, Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur
Color of Beret       Light blue beret - Standard marine police forces[1]
Anniversaries March 25 (Police Days Anniversaries),
August 31 (Independence Day Anniversaries)
Engagements Operation Barracuda
Commanders
Colonel-Commandant Senior Assistant Commissioner I Abdul Rahman Ahmad

The Marine Combat Unit (Malay: Unit Gempur Marin, UNGERIN) is a maritime Special Operations squad under the command of the Royal Malaysian Police. 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.

Trained by the United States, 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 VAT 69/UTK when crimes takes place in Malaysian waters.[2]

Contents

Role

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:[2]

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

History

Established in March 2006, the Unit Gempur Marin was created under the Royal Malaysian 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. 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.[3] Nevertheless, law enforcement agencies from the 3 countries continue to be vigilant against pirate activity in the Straits of Malacca.[4]

For the unit's restructing, 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.[2]

Training

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

Based on this critical need, a specific doctrine from RMP has led to the establishment of a marine elite unit in performing the said task. Approximately 30 members of the squad (VAT 69 Police Commandos Special Forces were sent to this unit), and the unit will be upgraded to 100 men strength in the future with 70 personnel will be employed in stages in the duration of two years after receiving the approval from the Public Service Department, which are divided to 3 detachments, to guard the waters of Malacca Straits and the Sulu Sea. This unit was trained by the VAT 69 Police Commandos and US special service forces, by United States Coast Guard and United States Navy SEALs from a training exercise code-named Fusion Mint.[5]

In the first phase, this 30-personnel strong special force is to undergo training in Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu, by instructors from Navy SEALs. Besides the basic diving training, they will be trained with other basic training, including tactical warfares, marksmanship, sniping, bomb disposal, direct action, sabotage, counter-terrorism, and intelligence gathering and paramedic training, along with special missions which are normally handled by special forces.[6][7]

On 2 February 2007, UST anti-teror marine police and VAT 69 Police Commandos trained abroad with 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 borders. 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 March 28, 2009.[8]

Capabilities

UNGERIN operators launch a mock assault on a ship suspected of holding contraband during an exercise from a RHIB.

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.[9]

Weaponry / Equipment

UNGERIN operators are equipped with multi specialized weaponry and marine assault vehicles, including:-

Special Police Weapons Origin Versions Quantity Notes
Handgun Types
Glock 19  Austria Standard Classified -
Walther P99  Germany Standard Not known -
Shotgun Types
Remington 870 Shotgun  United States 18.5mm breaching shotgun Not known
Submachinegun Types
Heckler & Koch MP5  West Germany MP5N, MP5K-A4, MP5SD3 Unknown -
Assault rifle Types
Bushmaster Carbon 15  United States Standard, SBR Unknown
Colt M4A1 Carbine  United States SOPMOD Block I/II Unknown Future standard rifles
SIG SG 553  Switzerland Standard Unknown
Sniper Types
Heckler & Koch PSG-1  Germany Standard Unknown
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare  United Kingdom Standard Unknown
Grenade launcher Types
M203 grenade launcher  United States Standard Unknown
Machinegun Types
FN MAG  Belgium Standard Unknown

The unit has it own RHIB navy transport speedboat with the capacity of holding 10 passengers and able to travel at 60+ knots per hour, two engines with 250 brake horsepowers to increase its maritime operationals capabilities.[10] On July 11, 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 able 30 knots high speeds, possibly equipped with 12.7mm NSV machinegun, 40mm grenade machinegun and 120m Patria NEMO mortar to used 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.[11][12]

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. They often use drop leg holsters, while some officers prefer hip holsters.

Known Operations

Operation Barracuda

UNGERIN operators had participated in an anti-smuggling operation, seized smuggled RM2mil worth of contraband liquor, beer and cigarettes smuggled in from Labuan.[13] 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 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.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Marine bases to serve as coastal police stations". Daily Express. 2008-11-25. http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=61151. Retrieved 2009-03-03.  
  2. ^ a b c "擴展服務範圍水警兼管查案" (in Traditional Chinese). China Press. 2009-01-21. http://www.chinapress.com.my/content_new.asp?dt=2008-12-06&sec=mas&art=1206mc74.txt. Retrieved 2009-03-03.  
  3. ^ "Anti-piracy drive in Malacca Straits". bbc.co.uk (BBC). 20 July, 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3908821.stm. Retrieved 2008-08-24.  
  4. ^ "Straits of Malacca traffic set to increase". The Star. 2008-05-12. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/5/12/maritime/21198003&sec=maritime. Retrieved 2008-06-02.  
  5. ^ TAN SIN CHOW (2009-03-30). "Deadly pirate battle". The Star. http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2009/3/30/north/3579240&sec=North. Retrieved 2009-04-04.  
  6. ^ ... /Article/index_html "Commando unit for marine police". New Straits Times. 2007-05-05. http://www.nst.com.my/Current_Ne ... /Article/index_html. Retrieved 2009-07-05.  
  7. ^ "Unit Selam Tempur - miliki kemahiran ala komando" (in Bahasa Malaysia). Utusan Malaysia. 2008-07-27. http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/arkib.asp?y=2008&dt=0728&pub=utusan_malaysia&sec=polis%5F%26%5Ftentera&pg=te_01.htm&arc=hive. Retrieved 2008-08-18.  
  8. ^ "水警突擊隊演習" (in Traditional Chinese). Sin Chew Jit Poh. 2009-03-28. http://mykampung.sinchew.com.my/node/58748?tid=15. Retrieved 2009-04-04.  
  9. ^ "Marine Police Bases To Serve As Coastal Police Stations". Bernama. 2008-11-24. http://www.bernama.com/maritime/news.php?id=373935&lang=en. Retrieved 2009-04-04.  
  10. ^ "Bot penggempur RHFB perkasa pasukan Polis Marin" (in Bahasa Malaysia). Utusan Malaysia. 2008-04-03. http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/arkib.asp?y=2008&dt=0403&pub=utusan_malaysia&sec=johor&pg=wj_03.htm&arc=hive. Retrieved 2008-06-02.  
  11. ^ "Saksan asevoimat harkitsee venehankintaa Suomesta" (in Finnish). Ruotuväki article. 2007-07-15. http://www.mil.fi/ruotuvaki/index.dsp?aid=3227. Retrieved 2008-06-02.  
  12. ^ "Marine Alutech delivers 10 PCS landing crafts for Royal Malaysian Police". Marine Alutech websites. 2007-07-11. http://www.marinealutech.com/news.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-27.  
  13. ^ "Polis Marin tumpaskan penyeludupan di Menumbok" (in Bahasa Malaysia). New Sabah Times. http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/print/25317. Retrieved 2009-04-04.  
  14. ^ "Marine police seize contraband goods worth RM2mil". The Star. 2009-01-20. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/1/20/nation/3068189&sec=nation. Retrieved 2009-05-09.  

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