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Navies of India, Singapore begin mega war game

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Navies of and Saturday began a 12-day military exercise off the and as part of their efforts to further solidify cooperation.

A number of frontline ships of the two navies are participating in the mega exercise -- SIMBEX, an acronym for 'Singapore-Maritime Bilateral Exercise'.

"The exercise at sea this year will be unprecedented and largest in terms of the complexity and weapon firings," Capt D K Sharma said.

Started in 1994, the SIMBEX has graduated into a complex maritime combat drills featuring missile and torpedo firings as well as shore-based intensive professional exchanges, he said.

In sync with deepening defence cooperation between and Singapore, the navies of the two countries have expanded their ties significantly in the last few years.

The Indian naval ships which are participating in the exercise include Ranvijay, Satpura, Sahyadri, Shakti, Kirch, Kadmatt, Sumedha and Sukanya.

has sent a number of its frontline ships including Formidable, Steadfast, Unity, Valiant and Vigour.

Maritime Patrol Aircraft of both countries - the versatile P8I of the and from would also be part of the exercise, said Capt Sharma.

"The number of missiles and torpedo firings being undertaken are unprecedented and perhaps the largest the has undertaken with any foreign Navy till date," said the Navy

He said the exercise will feature "highest numbers" of platforms being fielded by both sides.

"Over the years the two navies have increased their interoperability to a level that could be matched by few other navies," said Capt Sharma.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 21:30 IST
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