India-Singapore Navies celebrating 25th anniversary of bilateral exercises

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India-Singapore Navies celebrating 25th anniversary of bilateral exercises

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Celebrating 25 years of bilateral ties which began as anti-submarine warfare exercise in 1994, Republic of Singapore Navy and Indian Navy now exhibited their talent.

The navies are involved in a thick of the action with the different types of exercises like heavy weight torpedo and medium range gun/anti-submarine rocket firings, multiple missile firings, submarine rescue demonstrations, advanced anti-submarine warfare, submarine rescue demonstrations, integrated surface and anti-air warfare and cross deck helicopter flying. After completing sea phase, aircraft and submarines, the ships and aircraft of two navies are undertaking multi-dimensional exercises off the Visakhapatnam coast.

Chief of Indian Navy Admiral Sunil Lanba and his Singapore counterpart Rear Admiral Lew Chuen Hong unveiled the logo of Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) and at the same time released the SIMBEX Indian postal cover and Singapore stamps to mark the silver jubilee.

Final phase

“We are glad of having the longest planned exercise continuously for 25 years, Admiral Lanba expressed on board INS Sahyadri at the Naval Base here.

The event will witness the sea phase. The highlight of the final phase will be the presence of Defence Ministers of both countries. Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Singapore counterpart are scheduled to have a third Ministerial-level dialogue on Tuesday after witnessing the display of the naval might of the two forces.

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