Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) 14
Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) 14. Since its inception in 1993, SIMBEX has grown in tactical and operational complexity. It has transcended the traditional emphasis on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) to more complex maritime exercises, such as Air Defence, Air and Surface practice firing, Maritime Security, and Search and Rescue Operations. The 2014 edition of the ‘SIMBEX’ series of annual bilateral naval exercise between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), was conducted in the Andaman Sea from 22-28 May 14.
Hosted by IN, SIMBEX 14 was the 21st in the series, designed to enhance interoperability and mutual understanding between the two navies. Both navies derive considerable value from the conduct of SIMBEX. This year, the IN was represented by IN ships Kuthar and Karmuk from the Eastern Naval Command. In addition, a maritime patrol aircraft and a helicopter each from Andaman and Nicobar Command also participated in the exercise. The Singapore Navy was represented by the missile corvette ‘Valour’ and the patrol vessel ‘Independence’.