Submarine Sheean home after busy deployment

August 22, 2019 – After departing from Fleet Base West in early April, HMAS Sheean recently returned to her homeport to the delight of waiting families and friends. Among those welcoming Sheean back was Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, and Commander Submarine Force, Captain Doug Theobald. Once alongside, Sheean’s crew eagerly came ashore to be reunited with their loved ones. Sheean’s Commanding Officer, Commander Darren White, said while submariners expected to spend a lot of time at sea, coming home was always a highly anticipated event. “Just knowing…

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Indo-Pacific Maritime Forces Kick off 18th SEACAT Exercise

August 20, 2019 – The U.S. Navy and maritime forces from 10 Indo-Pacific partner nations began the 18th iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) in Singapore, Aug. 19. The goal of the SEACAT exercise is to bring together regional partner nations to engage in “real world, real time” training designed to enhance partner nation ability to communicate, coordinate and counter illegal smuggling and piracy. The exercise emphasizes realistic training scenarios wherein exercise participants will practice identifying, tracking and boarding of vessels participating in the exercise. “This year, more…

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Singapore and Indonesian Navies Celebrate 25th Edition of Exercise Eagle Indopura

July 24, 2019 – The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) are conducting the 25th edition of Exercise Eagle Indopura from 18 to 25 July. The exercise is conducted in three phases – the harbour phase in Surabaya, Indonesia; the sea phase in the Java Sea, Karimata Strait and Singapore Strait enroute to Singapore; and culminating in the post-exercise shore phase in Singapore. The RSN deployed a Formidable-class Frigate RSS Steadfast, a Victory-class Missile Corvette RSS Vigour, and an Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel RSS Justice…

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USS Montgomery Arrives in Singapore

July 6, 2019 – USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore July 6 as part of a rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific area of operations. Montgomery’s arrival in Singapore marks the fourth deployment of littoral combat ship to Southeast Asia, which include USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and USS Coronado (LCS 4). “Rotational deployments by our littoral combat ships provide the presence and flexibility that are so important in this region,” said Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific. “This…

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France unveils its defence policy in the Indo-Pacific

June 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – During the 18th edition of the Shangri-La Dialogue, organized every year by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore, Florence Parly, French Minister of Defence, delivered to his counterparts the new version of the guidance paper laying out the French defense policy in the Indo-Pacific: “France and security in the Indo-Pacific.” The 2019 edition shows France’s long-term and unremitting commitment to developing useful links and joint actions in favor of our shared security.

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Pacific Partnership 2019 concludes after 7-nation mission

May 28, 2019 – Pacific Partnership 2019 (PP19) participants embarked aboard USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) arrived in Singapore May 28, marking the conclusion of the 14th iteration. This was the first year to feature two expeditionary fast transport ships. Fall River and USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) served as the platforms for this year’s mission. Teams attached to the ships made stops in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, and Thailand. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual, multilateral disaster response…

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U.S. Navy CNO, ships and aircraft join IMDEX in Singapore

May 14, 2019 – U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and Sailors participate in the International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia 2019 in Singapore, May 14. Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, will join 16 fellow chiefs of navy, five directors of coast guards, senior civilian leaders and defense industry personnel for engagements at IMDEX. In addition to meeting with counterparts, he will deliver remarks at the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC). “It’s great to be back in the Lion City to meet with regional counterparts and advance dialogue on key…

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ST Engineering Opens IMDEX 2019 with New Designs and Solutions for International Maritime Defence

May 13, 2019 – ST Engineering’s new launches at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) 2019 demonstrate its diverse capabilities as a Total Naval Solutions provider. From smart vessel designs and autonomous solutions, to integrated digital defence technology, the Group is showcasing a broad spectrum of products and solutions spanning the shore to deep sea that will bring enhanced security and operational efficiencies to its partners. New Vessel Designs for Deep Sea Defence & Security Visitors to the show will be among the first to see these new…

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Terma C-Series Combat Suite for Indonesian KCR-60 Vessels

May 13, 2019 – During a signing ceremony in Surabaya, Indonesia, Terma was officially awarded the contract for delivery of a complete C-Series Combat Suite for four KCR-60 vessels of the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL). The scope of supply for each of the vessels will include Terma’s C-Flex Combat Management System, SCANTER 4603 X-Band radar, C-Guard Decoy Launching System, C-Fire Electro Optical Fire Control System, and full system integration of shipborne sensors and effectors such as naval guns and missile systems. In addition, Terma will assume the role of Combat System…

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Warships at IMDEX Asia 2019

The Warships Display offers a rare opportunity to get first-hand experience of the on-board operations and rub shoulders with senior naval officers from various countries. Get up close and personal with over 20 warships from 15 participating navies! Royal Australian Navy (RAN) HMAS CANBERRA (III) Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD) Highlights of CANBERRA: The flagship of RAN Able to conduct amphibious operations and land a force of over 1,000 embarked personnel along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles Capable of conducting large-scale humanitarian and disaster relief missions Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)…

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7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge Returns to Singapore

May 6, 2019 – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), arrived in Singapore for a port visit May 6, marking the ship’s first visit to the Lion City in more than three years. The flagship’s visit underscores a strong navy partnership with the Republic of Singapore Navy based on regular U.S. Navy ship visits, professional exchanges and longstanding participation in exercises, such as CARAT, Pacific Griffin, SEACAT and RIMPAC. RSN also participates in combined operations, such as multi-national counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aiden as part…

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China-Southeast Asian countries joint naval exercise

A total of 13 naval vessels from China and Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Brunei, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, steam in formation in the waters off Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, during the maritime maneuver phase of the China-Southeast Asian countries joint naval exercise on April 26, 2019. The three-day joint naval exercise, which concluded on April 27, focused on such subjects as formation maneuver, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), joint search and rescue and other 5 operations. Photos by Pu Haiyang.

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Terma at IMDEX

March 4, 2019 – 14-16 May 2019. Meet Terma at IMDEX Asia 2017 held at the Changi Exhibition Centre on stand R09. Terma will be present at the 2019 IMDEX Asia exhibition (International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference) on 14-16 May in Singapore. Find Terma at stand no. R09. IMDEX Asia is Asia Pacific’s only dedicated international maritime defence event. Supported by the Republic of Singapore Navy, this biennial exhibition and conference is a one-stop opportunity for key decision makers from the navy and international maritime defence industry to keep abreast…

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HMS Montrose Visits Singapore

February 20, 2019 – Frigate HMS Montrose has begun the latest leg of a 20,000-mile voyage to the Gulf after ten days in Singapore. The Plymouth-based warship used the ten-day break in the Commonwealth nation to allow maintenance to be carried out after a 16,000-mile journey from home via the Caribbean and Pacific. And it allowed the ship’s company an extended break after four months mostly at sea – allowing many sailors to fly loved ones out to join them in the ‘city of the lion’. The ship berthed at…

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Singapore Navy’s First Invincible-Class Submarine Launched

February 18, 2019 – Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated at the launch ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)’s first Invincible-class submarine, Invincible, at the Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems Shipyard in Kiel, Germany, on 18 Feb 2019. The submarine was launched by Mrs Ng, wife of Dr Ng. Chief of German Navy Vice-Admiral Andreas Krause, Republic of Singapore Navy’s Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong and senior defense officials from both countries attended the launch ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Ng highlighted that, “The RSN…

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