Indo-Singapore naval wargames in Andamans, Bay of Bengal from April 3

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New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): To combat three dimensional threat scenarios involving air, surface and sub-surface threats, the Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy will hold their bilateral exercise in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal from April 3-16.

SIMBEX is an acronym for 'Singapore Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise'. The exercise will be undertaken in two separate theatres -- initially in the Andaman Sea and then in the Bay of Bengal.

The 'SIMBEX' series of exercises was formalized a decade-and-a-half ago, when RSN ships began training in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) with the Indian Navy in 1994. This year's exercise will be the 17th in the SIMBEX series.

The units participating from the Indian Navy include INS Batti Malv (Fast Attack Craft) and INS Mahish (Landing Ship Tank) from the Andaman and Nicobar Command, IN Ships Ranvir (Destroyer), Jyoti (Tanker) and a submarine from the Eastern Fleet. This will be in addition to fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

The Republic of Singapore Navy is participating with RSS Intrepid (Formidable Class frigate) and RSS Victory (Victory class missile corvette). The RSN ships would also be making port calls at Port Blair and Visakhapatnam during the exercise.

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

RSN and IN share a long-standing relationship with regular professional interactions, which include exchange programmes, staff talks and cross attendance at courses. (ANI)

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