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Navies of India, S'pore explore ways to boost cooperation

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba today held extensive talks with his Singaporean counterpart Lai Chung Han and explored ways to further step up maritime cooperation between the two countries.

Lanba arrived here today to participate in an event tomorrow to commemorate 50 years of the Singaporean Navy and witness a mega exercise between the navies of the two countries.


Four warships of the Indian Navy and long range anti- submarine warfare aircraft P-8l would be part of the exercise with the Republic of Navy (RSN). The aim of the exercise is to enhance and expand coordination between the two navies in the Indian Ocean Region.

In their talks, Lanba and Lai touched upon a number of issues concerning maritime security and deliberated on ways to boost cooperation between the two navies.

Admiral Lanba will be attending the International Maritime Review (IMR) tomorrow, an event being organised by the RSN to celebrate its 50th years of establishment. The event is being attended by navy chiefs of at least 30 countries.

He will also attend the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) 2017.

"Besides attending the IMR and IMDEX 17, the visit aims to consolidate existing Maritime Cooperation initiatives as well as explore new avenues," Indian Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said.

Indian naval ships Sahyadri and Kamorta have also arrived in to participate in the IMR and IMDEX.

Defence cooperation between and is on an upswing in the past few years. has signed a defence cooperation agreement with in 2003, which was renewed in 2015.

The Indian Navy and Navy are partners in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a multilateral maritime cooperation forum, conceptualised and pioneered by the Indian Navy in 2008.

Both the countries have been conducting the bilateral exercise 'SIMBEX' (Maritime Bilateral Exercise) since 1994. The next edition of the exercise is scheduled to be conducted off from May 18 to 24.

Warships from both the countries regularly visit each other's ports.

The last visit by the Chief of the Naval Staff to was by then Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan in 2015.

Singaporean Navy chief Lai had last visited in February last year.

"share similar maritime challenges such as coastal security, large coastal shipping and fishing fleet, wherein both navies have opportunities to learn from each other's experiences. In addition, ground exists for cooperation on a number of issues common to both navies," said Sharma.

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