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SIMBEX 2019

SIMBEX 2019

The Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy began a major bilateral naval exercise on 20 May in the South China Sea.

The exercise, code-named SIMBEX 19, will run through May 22. Last year’s exercises took place in the Indian Ocean, off India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

On the Indian side, two vessels that have been on a two-month-long deployment to East Asia are participating. INS Kolkata, the lead ship of the Kolkata-class guided missile destroyers, and INS Shakti, a Deepak-class fleet tanker, participated in the exercise.

India and South China Sea

In recent years, India has increased its naval activities in the South China Sea.

This month, for the first time ever, India joined the navies of the United States, Japan, and the Philippines for quadrilateral presence exercises, including “formation exercises, communication drills, passenger transfers,” according to a U.S. Navy 7th fleet statement.

In April 2019, the two countries held their annual joint army exercise, Bold Kurukshetra 2019. The two countries have expanded their defence cooperation since the signing of their Defence Cooperation Agreement in 2003.

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