Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise ‘Simbex’ - 2022

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Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise

The Indian Navy is hosting the 29th edition of the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) in Visakhapatnam from October 26 to 30, 2022.

Phases of SIMBEX-2022 

  1. Port Phase at Visakhapatnam from 26th to 27th October 2022

  2. Sea phase in the Bay of Bengal from 28 to 30 October 2022

Important facts

  • Two ships from the Republic of Singapore Navy, RSS Stalwart (a Formidable Class Frigate) and RSS Vigilance (a Victory Class Corvette) arrived at Visakhapatnam on 25 October 2022 for participation in the exercise.

  • The Harbor Phase saw extensive professional and sporting interactions between the two navies which included cross deck visits, Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) and planning meetings.

About SIMBEX series of exercises

  • It began in 1994 and was initially known as Exercise Lion King.

  • The scope and complexity of the exercise has risen substantially over the past two decades to include advanced naval drills covering a wide spectrum of maritime operations. 

  • The exercise exemplifies the high level of cooperation between India and Singapore in the maritime sector.

  • It also highlights the commitment and contribution of the two countries towards enhancing maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.

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