Indo-Singaporean naval war game in Bay of Bengal from tomorrow

Last Updated: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 19:16

New Delhi: India and Singapore navies will come together to hold their annual fortnight-long bilateral war game off Andaman and Nicobar Islands from Saturday.

"The 2010 edition of the `SIMBEX` series of annual bilateral exercises between the Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), is scheduled to take place in the
Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal between April 3 and 16," Navy officials said in a press release here today.

SIMBEX, an acronym for `Singapore Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise`, was formalised in a bilateral naval cooperation a decade-and-a-half ago when RSN ships began training in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) with the Indian Navy in 1994.

Being the 17th naval war game in the SIMBEX series, the exercise this year would be undertaken in two separate theatres -- initially in the Andaman Sea and then in the Bay
of Bengal.

Indian Navy would be represented in the exercise by INS Batti Malv (Fast Attack Craft) and INS Mahish (Landing Ship Tank) from the Andaman and Nicobar Command, destroyer INS Ranvir, tanker INS Jyoti and a submarine from the Eastern Fleet.

Additionally, fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft too would fly out of naval air bases to join the exercise to simulate aerial operations.

Singaporean Navy would participate in SIMBEX with Formidable class frigate RSS Intrepid and Victory class missile corvette RSS Victory.

The Singaporean warships would also be making port calls at Port Blair and Visakhapatnam during the exercise.

Over the years, SIMBEX has reflected a growth in strength, capability and mutual confidence of the two navies and the exercises have graduated from purely training oriented ASW affair to complex manoeuvres involving multiple facets of operations at sea.

"Successive editions of SIMBEX have progressively incorporated a wider range of sea-going serials, ranging from platform specific exercises in damage control and fire
fighting, through `Visit, Board, Search and Seizure` procedures, all the way to complex three-dimensional threat scenarios involving air surface and sub-surface threats," the
officials said.

The operational relationship between the two navies has
matured to a point where Standard Operating Procedures are
well in place on both the sides, they said.

Indian and Singaporean navies share a long standing
relationship with regular professional interactions, which
include exchange programmes, staff talks and cross attendance
at courses.

"SIMBEX is an important outflow of this comprehensive
process of bilateral engagement within the maritime domain. It
is through these connectivities that the two navies continue
to reinforce the strong maritime bridges of friendship and
connect our respective nations," a release said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 19:16

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