Indian and Singapore navies begin SIMBEX-17 maritime bilateral exercise
The Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) have commenced their 24th Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises 2017 (SIMBEX-17).
The Indian naval ships (INS) Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta are participating in the exercise, along with one P8-I maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
The RSN assets will include Supreme, Formidable and Victory vessels, as well as a maritime patrol aircraft Fokker F50 and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16 aircraft.
INS Shivalik and INS Jyoti are also slated to join the fleet for the sea phase of the bilateral naval exercise.
The vessels are currently under the command of Commanding Eastern Fleet flag officer rear admiral Biswajit Dasgupta.
The bilateral cooperation between the two nations was first formalised in 1994 when RSN vessels began training with the Indian Navy.
SIMBEX-17 is being conducted in the South China Sea and focuses on enhancing interoperability between the RSN and the Indian Navy, in addition to developing common understanding and procedures for various maritime security operations.
The exercise's activities include diverse-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase and a wide range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase.
The main focus of this year's sea-based exercises has been placed on anti-submarine warfare (ASW), integrated operations with the surface, air and sub-surface forces, air defence and surface encounter exercises.