The 18th annual Singapore Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) was hosted by Singapore from 18 to 25 March 2011. The bilateral exercise between the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indian Navy (IN) was initially code named as Exercise Lion King (the first exercise commenced in 1994 as anti submarine exercise; the RSN could even fire an exercise torpedo against the IN submarine in 2003 and 2004 exercises)
Some interesting features of Simbex 2011 are:
- Harbour phase was held at Changi Naval Base.
- Sea phase was conducted in the South China Sea.
- Aimed to enhance the interoperability between the two navies by focusing on advanced naval warfare in three dimensions of air, surface and sub-surface.
- The RSN was represented by three frigates, a missile corvette, a submarine and a maritime patrol aircraft.
- The IN was represented by three destroyers INS Delhi, INS Ranvijay (third not known), a corvette (name not known), an oiler (INS Jyoti) and a maritime patrol aircraft.
During this period of exercise, between 21 to 23 March, 2011 India’s Defence Secretary Mr Pradeep Kumar also visited Singapore and called on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Mr Teo Chee Hean.
Read more from MINDEF, Singapore.
Update: April 03, 2011
Other Indian Navy ships participated in the exercise are: Destroyer INS Ranvir and Corvette INS Kirch.
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