The Republic of Singapore Navy and the Indian Navy have concluded a seven-day bilateral exercise that involved Singapore's F-15SG fighter jets for the first time.
The annual Singapore-Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise (Simbex) - which has been held since 1994 - was hosted by Singapore on land at the RSS Singapura-Changi Naval Base and at sea in the South China Sea, said Singapore's Ministry of Defence yesterday.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force also deployed two F-16D+ fighter aircraft and a Fokker-50 maritime patrol aircraft for the exercise.
The Singapore navy participated with two frigates - RSS Formidable, which was equipped with an S-70B naval helicopter, and RSS Supreme - as well as missile corvette RSS Victory.
The Indian Navy deployed two frigates, INS Sahyadri and INS Shivalik, corvette INS Kamorta, oiler INS Jyoti and a P8-I maritime patrol aircraft.
During the exercise, which ended yesterday, the two countries' navies held a series of advanced naval warfare serials, including air defence exercises and gunnery live-firings.
The sea phase of Simbex also saw the two navies working together to plan and execute a series of warfare missions.
"Both navies are also exploring new and enhanced areas of cooperation in the maritime domain," said Mindef.