India and Singapore have been conducting a major naval war game in the southern fringe of the South China Sea for the past three days, reflecting their growing congruence of interests in the strategically important region.
The Indian Navy has deployed its guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvijay, anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kiltan and guided-missile corvette INS Kora and one P8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft for the Sept. 2-4 “SIMBEX” exercise, officials said.
The Singapore Navy was represented by a formidable class frigate RSS Steadfast, a Victory-class missile corvette RSS Vigour, an Archer-class submarine and a Fokker-50 maritime patrol aircraft, they said.
Four F-16 fighters from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) also took part in the exercise during the air defense exercises.
It was the 28th edition of the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX).
28th edition of #Singapore– #India#Maritime Bilateral Exercise #SIMBEX performed 02 to 04 September 21.#IndianNavy & Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Warships, integral helicopter and maritime patrol aircraft participated in naval exercises.#BridgesofFriendship@mindefsg@IndiainSingaporpic.twitter.com/I1qdxdPfFX
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) September 4, 2021
Started in 1994, SIMBEX is the Indian Navy’s longest continuous bilateral maritime exercise with a foreign navy.
“Maintaining the continuity of this important engagement, despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, underlines the strength of bilateral defense ties,” said Commander Vivek Madhwal, the spokesman for the Indian Navy.
“Despite these constraints during the planning stages, both navies could achieve seamless and safe execution of several challenging evolutions, including firing live weapons and advanced naval warfare series, including anti-submarine, air and anti-surface war exercises,” it said. he.
Commander Madhwal said the scale and complexity of the exercises is a “testimony” to the interoperability achieved between the two navies.
“This year’s edition of SIMBEX is also a special occasion as it takes place during the ongoing celebrations of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence,” he said.
“The success of SIMBEX-2021 is another testament to the mutual determination of both sides to further strengthen the bilateral partnership in the coming years,” he added.
Defense ties between India and Singapore remain a very important aspect of the overall engagement between the two countries.
Both navies have representation in each other’s Maritime Information Merger Centers and have also recently signed an agreement on mutual support and coordination of submarine rescue.
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