Friday, 21 September 2012

Singapore and Australian Navies Conduct Maritime Exercise

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) conducted a bilateral maritime exercise, Exercise Singaroo, from 16 to 19 September 2012. The opening ceremony, held on 16 September, was officiated by the Commanding Officer of the RSN’s 188 Squadron, Colonel Alan Goh and RAN Exercise Director Captain Heath J. Robertson.

Hosted by the RAN, the four-day exercise was held off the coast of Darwin where both navies conducted maritime security serials as well as conventional warfare serials against aerial, surface and underwater threats. The RSN participated in the exercise with a Formidable-class frigate, RSS Stalwart, an upgraded Victory-class missile corvette, RSS Valiant, and an F-50 maritime patrol aircraft. The RAN participated with an ANZAC-class frigate, HMAS Warramunga, a Collins-class submarine, HMAS Dechaineux, and several aircraft.

First held in 1995, this year's Exercise Singaroo is the 16th in the series, and aims to enhance interoperability and mutual understanding between the two navies. It is one of many bilateral interactions between the Singapore and Australia defence establishments. Both countries enjoy a close and long-standing defence relationship. Apart from exercises, both armed forces also interact frequently through visits, professional exchanges and military courses. Singapore and Australia also work together in close partnership in the multinational reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.

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