Bilateral Naval Exercise Between India & Singapore Begins
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Bilateral Naval Exercise Between India & Singapore Begins

Bilateral Exercise Between Indian & Republic Of Singapore Navy, Simbex-17, Commences
Bilateral Naval Exercise Between India & Singapore Begins

Simbex-17, which is the bilateral naval exercise between India and Singapore, had the Indian navy send Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta, along with P8-I Maritime Patrol and an Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft. While INS Sahyadri and INS Kamortaare are at Singapore since May 12, INS Shivalik and INS Jyoti would be joining directly for the sea phase of the exercise. The ships are under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta.

SIMBEX is an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises”. Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994. This year’s edition of SIMBEX-17 being held in the South China Sea would be the 24th in the series and is aimed to increase interoperability between the RSN and IN as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. The scope of the current exercise includes wide-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase scheduled from May 18 to May 20 and a diverse range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase to be held from May 21 to May 24. The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), integrated operations with Surface, Air and Sub-surface forces, Air Defence and Surface Encounter Exercises.

During SlMBEX-17, the Singapore Navy is represented by RSN Ships Supreme, Formidable and Victory and Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fokker F50 in addition to the RSAF F-16 aircraft.


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