Bilateral Exercise SIMBEX-17 Between Indian & Republic of Singapore Navy Commences (Download PDF)


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The 24th bilateral exercise SIMBEX-17 “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises” between Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commenced in South China Sea and will culminate. The exercise will be held from May 18, 2017 to May 24, 2017.

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Image of Singapore Navy

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  • This edition of the bilateral exercise aims at increasing the interoperability among the two navies

    • Indian Navy
    • Republic of Singapore Navy
  • The major thrust of the exercise will lie on Anti-Submarine Operations (ASN).
  • The Integrated operations with Surface, Air and Sub-surface Forces, Air Defence and Surface Encounter Exercises.
  • The exercise is divided into two phases –

    • Harbour phase
    • Sea Phase
  • The ships are under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.
  • The Singapore Navy is represented by RSN Ships Supreme, Formidable and Victory and Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fokker F50 in addition to the RSAF F-16 aircraft.
  • Indian Naval Ships Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta, one P8-I Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft are participating in the exercise.
  • INS Shivalik and Sahyadri INS are both multi-role stealth frigates.
  • INS Kamorta is an indigenous Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette.
  • INS Jyoti is the fleet replenishment tanker.


  • Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when RSN ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994.
  • The two navies share a long-standing relationship with regular professional interactions that include exchange programs, staff talks and training courses.
  • RSS Formidable and a Fokker F 50 aircraft participated in SlMBEX-16 which was held at Visakhapatnam and in Bay of Bengal.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 24, 2017


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