The naval exercise is conducted every year
Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises (SIMBEX)-10 concluded on Thursday with the ships of both the navies returning to harbour for a final summing up of the exercise.
Republic of Singapore Navy's Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Joseph Leong arrived at the Eastern Naval Command here for the final phase, and accompanied by the Commanding Officer 185 Squadron of the RSN Col. Glam Hock Koon Tan Kai Hoe, he called on Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of ENC Vice Admiral Anup Singh. The Indian Navy had expressed satisfaction with the level of mutual confidence and inter-operability achieved through the exercises, according to a spokesman of the ENC here.
SIMBEX is an institutionalised series of regular exercises conducted annually between the Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy. The interaction which commenced with modestly pitched anti-submarine training in 1994 has grown steadily and impressively over the past 10 years. Apart from two ships of the RSN- Intrepid and Victory, SIMBEX-10 conducted in the Andaman sea and the Bay of Bengal from April 3 to 15 had seven Indian Navy ships and a submarine that took part in the exercise that included Ranvir, Jyothi, Kora, Mahish, Nirbhik, Nishank and Batti Malv. In addition, a Fokker-50 aircraft of the RSN along with the TU 142M, Kamov, Chetak and Dornier aircraft of the Indian Navy as also the Jaguar Squadron of the IAF participated in the exercise, the spokesman revealed.