Singapore Navy ship, RSS Formidable, reached Vishakhapatnam to participate in a joint naval exercise with India, said an official statement, on Sunday.
RSS Formidable, a multi-role stealth frigate commanded by Lt. Colonel Khoo Aik Leong Albert, will participate in the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises 'SIMBEX-16'. A Fokker 50 maritime patrol aircraft of the Singapore Navy will operate from Port Blair.
The SIMBEX series was first formalised when Singaporean Navy ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994. Simbex-16 is 23rd in the series and being held in the Bay of Bengal region.
It is aimed to increase interoperability and to develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.
In the exercise, Indian Navy will be represented by guided missile destroyer INS Ranvijay, indigenous anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kamorta, a Sindhugosh class submarine, along with number of maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters.
A senior Singapore Navy delegation headed by Colonel Aaron Beng, who commands the 185 Squadron, is also visiting Vishakhapatnam-headquartered Eastern Naval Command (ENC) during the period.
During the visit, the seniors Singaporean Navy commanders will call on ENC's commander-in-chief, Vice Admiral HCS Bisht and Eastern Fleet commander, Rear Admiral AB Dasgupta.