The Harbor Phase of SIMBEX-18 commenced with two Op Conferences conducted at Port Blair on 10 and 11 November 2018.
The conferences, attended by the Ops Teams and aircrew from all participating ships and aircraft, discussed planning and execution details of various exercises scheduled during the Sea Phase.
Towards ensuring safe ASW operations with RSS Swordsman, a submarine safety meeting was also held. As part of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEE), Eastern Fleet staff, flight crew and aviation officers of IN Ships Sahyadri, Shakti, Satpura and Kadmatt visited RSN Steadfast and were given a demonstration of the helicopter traversing mechanism. Cross deck visits by air crew towards deck familiarization are also planned.
The 25th edition of SIMBEX commenced at Port Blair on 10 November 2018 and will conclude on 21 November 2018 off Visakhapatnam. IN Ships Ranvijay, Satpura, Sahyadri, Kadmatt, Kirch, Sumedha, Sukanya and Shakti along with submarine INS Sindhukirti, P8I LRMP aircraft, Dornier MPA, Hawk AJTs and integral helicopters will participate in the exercise with Republic of Singapore Naval Ships Formidable, Steadfast, Unity, Vigour and Valiant, submarine Swordsman, ‘Swift Rescue’ a DSRV, Fokker F50 MR aircraft, integral S70B helicopters and Scan Eagle UAV.