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SEACAT: Southeast Asia Cooperation And Training

Southeast Asia Cooperation And Training (SEACAT):

The Indian Navy demonstrated its maritime maneuvers in U.S. Navy-led Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) military exercise in Singapore.

  • The military exercise also included navies of 20 other partner nations as well.
  • The maritime exercise aimed to foster enhanced cooperation between Southeast Asian countries by incorporating tactics, standardized training, and procedures to combat contingencies or illegal activities in the maritime domain.
  • Notably, the exercise featured a maritime operations center based out of the International Fusion Centre in Singapore, which will serve as a centralised hub for crisis coordination and information sharing of suspicious vessels during the simulation.
  • SEACAT began in 2002 as “Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism” and this is the 20th iteration of the exercise.
  • In 2020, the event was conducted as part of a virtual symposium amid the COVID-19 pandemic.