Navies of India and Singapore started SIMBEX 14 in Andaman Sea
Navies of India and Singapore started the 2014 edition of annual bilateral naval exercises named SIMBEX 14 in Andaman Sea.
The Indian Navy (IN) and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) on 22 May 2014 started the 2014 edition of annual bilateral naval exercises named SIMBEX 14 in Andaman Sea. The exercise will end on 28 May 2014. SIMBEX is an acronym given to Singapore Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise.
SIMBEX 14 is hosted by Indian Navy and is 21st in the series. It has been designed to enhance inter-operability and mutual understanding between the two navies.
Representations from the two sides in SIMBEX 14
• Indian Navy has been represented by – Indian Navy Ships Kuthar and Karmuk from Eastern Naval Command. Apart from the ships, the Indian side is also represented by a Maritime Patrol Aircraft and a Helicopter each from Andaman and Nicobar Command.
• Singapore Navy been represented has by – Singapore missile Corvette, Valour and the patrol vessel, Independence.
About the Bilateral Naval Cooperation between India and Singapore, SIMBEX
Bilateral Naval cooperation between the navies of the two countries, for the first time was formalised in 1994, when RSN ships began training in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) with the Indian Navy.
Since inception in 1993, the SIMBEX has grown in tactical and operational complexity since then. It has transcended the traditional emphasis on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) to more complex maritime exercises of naval operations like Air Defence, Air and Surface practice firing, Maritime Security and Search and Rescue Operations.
SIMBEX relationship between the Navies of India and Singapore
The Navies of the two nations, Indian and Singapore shares a long standing relationship with regular professional interactions. SIMBEX is an outcome of a comprehensive process of bilateral engagement through interactions. The two navy’s exchange includes
• Exchange programmes
• Staff talks and cross-attendance at courses
The two navies continue to reinforce the strong maritime bridges of friendship that connect the two nations.