Exercise ‘SIMBEX-17’ Conducted

IAS Prelims 2023

As part of “SIMBEX-17’, a bilateral Naval Exercise between Navies of Singapore and India, lndian Naval Ships Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta and one P8-I Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft participated in it.

SIMBEX is an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises”.

Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when RSN ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994.

This year’s edition of SIMBEX-17 was held in the South China Sea was the 24th in the series and was aimed to increase interoperability between the RSN and IN as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.

During SlMBEX-17, the Singapore Navy was represented by RSN Ships Supreme, Formidable and Victory and Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fokker F50 in addition to the RSAF F-16 aircraft.