SIMBEX 2020 : India-Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise | UPSC

SIMBEX 2020 : India-Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

SIMBEX 2020 : India-Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise : Indian Navy to Host Exercise SIMBEX-20 in Andaman Sea

      WHY IN NEWS:

Hot from PIB !

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Defence
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Defence : Exercises

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS open your Prelims book and take a note on aim , features , participants and do not forget the edition of this exercise.

For MAINS it is important to understand the significance of this exercise in Indo-Pacific region .

      ISSUE: 

The 2020 edition of the exercise is being hosted by Indian Navy.

SIMBEX 2020 : INDIA-SINGAPORE BILATERAL MARITIME EXERCISE

EDITION

The 27th edition of India – Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise SIMBEX-20 will be conducted in Andaman Sea
 

  • The SIMBEX series of exercises between IN and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), being conducted annually since 1994.

TIMELINE

  • 27th edition of India – Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise SIMBEX-20 is from 23 to 25 November 2020.

AIM

The exercise is aimed at enhancing mutual inter-operability and imbibing best practices from each other.

  • The scope and complexity of these exercises has increased steadily over the past two decades.

PARTICIPANTS

The 2020 edition of SIMBEX will witness participation by Indian Navy ships including destroyer Rana with integral Chetak helicopter.

  • Indigenously built corvettes Kamorta and Karmuk will take participate in 27th edition of SIMBEX 2020.
  • In addition, IN submarine Sindhuraj and P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also participate in the exercise.
  • RSN will be represented by the ‘Formidable’ Class frigates ‘Intrepid’ and ‘Steadfast’ with integral S70B helicopter.
  • Also the ‘Endurance’ Class Landing Ship Tank ‘Endeavour of RSN will take part in the exercise.

SIMBEX 2020 : India-Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise | UPSC

FEATURES

The three days of maritime drills will witness :

  • It includes advanced naval drills covering a wide spectrum of maritime operations.
  • A variety of exercises including naval manoeuvres
  • Anti-air warfare

SIGNIFICANCE

  • The exercise highlights growing synergy, coordination and cooperation in the maritime domain between the two friendly navies.

Besides improving inter-operability between the friendly navies, SIMBEX exercise also aim to strengthen mutual confidence.

  • The exercise develops a common understanding and procedures towards enhancing the overall maritime security in the region.
  • SIMBEX series of exercises exemplify the high level of coordination and convergence of views between India and Singapore.

Anti-submarine warfare exercises including weapon firings 

  • The exercise enhances the overall maritime security in the region and highlight their commitment to a rules-based international order.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The exercise, being conducted as a non-contact, at sea only exercise in view of COVID-19 pandemic

The development spotlights the mechanism between the two countries amid wider regional developments in the Indo-Pacific region
 

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     SOURCES:  PIB  | SIMBEX 2020 : India-Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise | UPSC

 

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