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Singapore and Indian navies complete 27th edition of Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise

The 27th edition of Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) was conducted from November 23 to 25. 

This year’s SIMBEX was planned virtually without physical interaction and conducted in the Andaman Sea and Indian Ocean as an ‘at-sea only’ exercise, Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a press statement. 

RSN sailor waving at sailors from INS Kamorta as SIMBEX 2020 concludes. Photo courtesy: Mindef
RSN sailor waving at sailors from INS Kamorta as SIMBEX 2020 concludes. Photo courtesy: Mindef

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) participated in the exercise with two Formidable-class frigates RSS Intrepid and RSS Steadfast (embarked with an S-70B naval helicopter), and the Endurance-class landing ship tank RSS Endeavour. The Indian Navy (IN) participated with the Rajput-class destroyer INS Rana (embarked with a Chetak helicopter), Kamorta-class corvette INS Kamorta, Kora-class corvette INS Karmuk, Sindhughosh-class submarine INS Sindhuraj, and a P8I maritime patrol aircraft.

During the exercise, the two navies executed gunnery firings, manoeuvring drills, communication exercises and advanced naval warfare serials, including anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare drills.

The Republic of Singapore Navy and Indian Navy sailing in formation during SIMBEX 2020. Photo courtesy: Mindef
The Republic of Singapore Navy and Indian Navy sailing in formation during SIMBEX 2020. Photo courtesy: Mindef

SIMBEX was incepted in 1994 and is one of the RSN’s longest-running bilateral exercises. 

Commenting on the successful completion of the exercise, Commanding Officer of RSS Intrepid, Lieutenant Colonel Oh Zongbo said, “Despite not being able to meet face-to-face, we continued to drill in a wide range of naval warfare serials, such as anti-submarine operations that require close coordination between ships, helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft. The ability to execute these complex drills is a result of the good understanding and coordination that our navies have established over the years.” 

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