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Singapore Bans Indonesian Ship Named after Bombers

19 February 2014

An Indonesian warship named after two marines who staged a deadly bombing in Singapore in the 1960s will not be allowed to dock in the city-state or take part in joint exercises with it, Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Tuesday. The KRI Usman Harun was named after commandos Usman Haji Mohamed Ali and Harun Said, who were sent by Indonesia to bomb an office on what is now Orchard Road in 1965 as part of President Sukarno’s “confrontation” policy with the Federation of Malaysia, which at that time included Singapore. Three civilians were killed. Indonesian officials have defended the ship’s naming as an internal affair. Indonesian officials didn’t attend this month’s Singapore Air Show because of tensions triggered by the naming.—AP