S'pore, India conclude annual naval exercise

During the seven-day Singapore-Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise, held annually since 1994, the two navies worked together to plan and execute a series of warfare missions in the sea phase conducted in the South China Sea.
During the seven-day Singapore-Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise, held annually since 1994, the two navies worked together to plan and execute a series of warfare missions in the sea phase conducted in the South China Sea.PHOTO: MINDEF

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.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2017, with the headline 'S'pore, India conclude annual naval exercise'. Print Edition | Subscribe