SIMBEX, annual bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy from 21 to 24 September

SIMBEX is an annual bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy. The exercise takes place from September 21 to September 24, 2023.

  1. SIMBEX aims to enhance interoperability and mutual understanding between the two navies.
  2. The exercise consists of two phases:
    • Harbour Phase: This phase involves professional interactions, cross-deck visits, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges, and sports fixtures.
    • Sea Phase: During this phase, various maritime operations are conducted, including air defense exercises, gunnery firing, and anti-submarine exercises.
  3. Indian Navy assets such as the Ranvijay, Kavaratti, and Sindhukesari, along with Long-Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P81, are participating in the exercise.
  4. SIMBEX is the longest-running naval exercise that the Indian Navy conducts with any other country.
  5. The exercise allows units from both navies to enhance their war-fighting skills through multi-discipline operations in the maritime domain.

Q.: What is unique about SIMBEX in comparison to other naval exercises conducted by the Indian Navy?

a. It involves more countries.
b. It focuses exclusively on submarine warfare.
c. It is the longest-running naval exercise with a specific country.
d. It takes place annually in Singapore.

Ans : c. It is the longest-running naval exercise with a specific country.

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