India, Singapore drill on South China Sea

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - India and Singapore began a seven-day long mega maritime exercise on the South China Sea.

Even as China sought to assert itself,  navies of India and Singapore on Thursday began a seven-day-long mega maritime exercise in the South China Sea with four warships of the Indian Navy and long range anti-submarine warfare aircraft P-8l  participating in the SIMBEX (Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise), which is aimed at increasing interoperability between the two navies.

A diverse range of operational activities at sea have been planned during the course of the exercise. “The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), integrated operations with surface, air and sub-surface forces, air defence and surface encounter exercises,” according to a Navy spokesperson.

A number of warships of Singapore Navy are participating in the exercise along with maritime patrol aircraft Fokker F50 and F-16 aircraft.The exercises have been held since 1994. This is the 24th edition of the annual exercise between the two countries.

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