India, Sigapore Naval wargames Simbex Kicks off in Andman Sea Featured

  • Thursday, May 22 2014

Bilateral combat exercise, Simbex,  between the navies of India and Singapore kicked off in Andaman Sea today with Indian Navy being represented by missile corvettes, INS Kuthar and INS Karmuk, while Singapore warships Valour and Independence participating in the wargames.

In addition Kuthan and Karmuk, a Maritime Patrol Aircraft and a Helicopter each from Andaman and Nicobar Command is also participating in the exercise.

The Singapore Navy ships are making a port call at Port Blair from 22 to 23 May 14 for harbour phase of the exercise. The ships will sail for the sea phase on 24 May 14 and will be visiting Port Blair again from 26 to 28 May 14 for debrief and closing ceremony of the exercise.

    The annual naval exercise hosted by Indian Navy is 21st in the series, designed to enhance inter-operability and mutual understanding between the two navies.

          Bilateral Naval cooperation between the two navies was first formalised when RSN ships began training in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) with the Indian Navy in 1994. SIMBEX is an acronym for ‘Singapore Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise’. Since its inception in 1993, SIMBEX has grown in tactical and operational complexity. It has transcended the traditional emphasis on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) to more complex maritime exercises, involving various facets of naval operations like Air Defence, Air and Surface practice firing, Maritime Security and Search and Rescue Operations. Both navies derive considerable value form the conduct of SIMBEX. Inter-operability between the two navies has matured to a point where Standard Operating Procedures for the conduct of exercise have been formalised.

                   IN and RSN share a long standing relationship with regular professional interactions. This includes exchange programmes, staff talks and cross-attendance at courses. SIMBEX is an important outcome of this comprehensive process of bilateral engagement and it is through these interactions that the two navies continue to reinforce the strong maritime bridges of friendship that connect our respective nations. 



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