Goa Maritime Conclave– 2019 Inaugurated

October 4, 2019 – The Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC)-2019 was inaugurated by the National Security Advisor, Shri Ajit Kumar Doval, at Goa on 4th October 2019. Inaugurating the conclave, which was conducted by the Naval War College, the NSA, during his key note address brought out that the Sea, Cyber, Space are areas which would pose both opportunities and challenges for the future and hoped that engagements during the GMC would help build up on the opportunities and overcome challenges. The 31st edition of the Naval War College Journal was…

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Singapore and the US Renew Memorandum of Understanding

September 24, 2019 – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President of the United States of America Donald Trump signed the Protocol of Amendment to the 1990 Memorandum of Understanding (“1990 MOU”) Regarding United States Use of Facilities in Singapore (“2019 AMOU”) today. The 2019 AMOU renews the 1990 MOU by extending it for another 15 years. The 1990 MOU, signed by our founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and then-United States (US) Vice President Dan Quayle, has underpinned the US’ security presence in the region for almost 30 years.…

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Sea Phase of maiden IN-RSN-RTN Trilateral Exercise Commences

September 19, 2019 – Sea Phase of maiden SITMEX-19 (Singapore India Thailand Maritime Exercise), between Indian Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) commenced in the Andaman Sea from 18 Sep 19. IN Ships Ranvir, a Guided Missile Destroyer, Kora, a Missile Corvette, Sumedha, an Offshore Patrol Vessel along with Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8I are jointly exercising with RSS Tenacious, a Formidable-class Guided Missile Stealth Frigate and HTMS Kraburi, a Guided Missile Frigate and engaged in various Gunnery, Force Protection Measures, Air Defence and…

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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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