Singaporean and Indian navies conduct bilateral maritime exercise

SINGAPORE - The Singaporean and Indian navies are having their annual maritime bilateral exercise. It started on Thursday and will end next Tuesday.

The sea phase of the exercise will be held at the Andaman Sea, west of Thailand, and involves missile warships from both navies. The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) is also deploying a patrol vessel, while the Indian Navy will send a naval helicopter and maritime patrol aircraft.

In a press statement, the Defence Ministry said: "The exercise underscores the warm and long-standing defence ties between both countries."

This year's exercise is the 21st instalment in a series of exercises conducted by the Indian Navy and RSN since 1994. Over the years, it has expanded in scope from a training-oriented anti-submarine exercise to include maritime security, anti-air and anti-surface warfare.