Source: The post is based on the article “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise ‘Simbex’ – 2022” published in PIB on 28th October 2022
What is the News?
The Indian Navy is hosting the 29th edition of the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) at Visakhapatnam.
Note: SIMBEX-2022 is being conducted in two phases – Harbour Phase at Visakhapatnam followed by the Sea Phase in the Bay of Bengal
About Exercise SIMBEX
SIMBEX is a joint maritime bilateral exercise between Indian and Singapore navies.
The exercise began in 1994 and was initially known as Exercise Lion King.
Objective: To enhance interoperability amongst the navies and underscore the shared responsibility of the countries to work together to keep sea lines of communications open.
Significance: SIMBEX is the Indian Navy’s longest uninterrupted bilateral maritime exercise with any foreign navy.
Other exercises between India and Singapore
Exercise SITMEX: It is a bilateral maritime exercise between the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Royal Thailand Navy(RTN) and Indian Navy(IN). It was conducted for the first time in 2019.