Indian Naval Ships are participating at the 24th series of Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises (SIMBEX)-17 that commenced today on South China Sea, the Ministry of Defence today said.
The ships: Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti, Kamorta, P8-I Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft, participating are under the command of Rear Admiral, Biswajit Dasgupta, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
On the other hand, the Singapore Navy ships: Supreme, Formidable and Victory and Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fokker F50 in addition to the RSAF F-16 aircraft, are participating at SIMBEX-17.
This year’s edition of SIMBEX-17 is aimed to increase interoperability between the Republic of Singapore Navy and Indian Navy. It also aims to develop a common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.
According to the Ministry, the scope of the current exercise includes wide-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase starting today till May 20. Meanwhile, a diverse range of operational activities will be observed during the Sea Phase from May 21 to 24.
The two navies share a longstanding relationship with regular professional interactions that include exchange programs, staff talks and training courses, the Ministry said.