Indian Naval Ships Ranvijay and Kavaratti and submarine INS Sindhukesari arrived in Singapore to participate in the 30th edition of the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX).
- SIMBEX 23 is an annual bilateral Naval exercise between the Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
- It has been conducted since 1994.
- It holds the distinction of being the longest continuous naval exercise that the Indian Navy has conducted with any other country.
- SIMBEX-2023 is being conducted in two phases – a harbour Phase at Singapore from September 21 to 24, 2023, followed by a Sea Phase.
- Besides Ranvijay, Kavaratti, and Sindhukesari, Long-Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I is also participating in the exercise.
- The Harbour Phase will witness a wide range of professional interactions, cross-deck visits, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEE), and sports fixtures, aimed at enhancing interoperability and mutual understanding between the two navies.
- The Sea Phase of SIMBEX 23 will involve complex and advanced air defence exercises, gunnery firings, tactical manoeuvres, anti-submarine exercises, and other maritime operations.
- Units of both the navies will endeavour to hone their war-fighting skills while consolidating their capability to undertake multi-discipline operations jointly in the maritime domain.