File photo of ships of Singapore Navy and Indian Navy sailing in formation in 2017. (Photo: Singapore's Ministry of Defence) New Delhi (VNA) - Navies of India and Singapore on November 10 began a 12-day military exercise off the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal as part of their efforts to further solidify maritime security cooperation. A number of frontline ships of the two navies are participating in the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX). Indian Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said the exercise at sea this year will be unprecedented and largest in terms of the complexity and weapon firings. The Indian naval ships which are participating in the exercise include Ranvijay, Satpura, Sahyadri, Shakti, Kirch, Kadmatt, Sumedha and Sukanya. Meanwhile, Singapore Navy has sent a number of its frontline ships including Formidable, Steadfast, Unity, Valiant and Vigour. Maritime Patrol Aircraft of both countries - the versatile P8I of the Indian Navy and … [Read more...] about Singapore, India start large-scale military exercises
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Officers and sailors on the 015 Tran Hung Dao greet as they approach the Chinese dock on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Hai Quan Newspaper The 015 Tran Hung Dao, a Russian built Gepard-class frigate with advanced military equipment, arrived at Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province, Sunday, to join the five-day ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise that will last from Monday to Friday. Making an announcement at a gathering of ASEAN defense ministers in Singapore, also attended by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said Friday that the first joint drills between China and ASEAN would help to "build trust, confidence," Reuters reported. The Vietnamese crew will participate in tactical drills, mapping and field exercises, and naval exercises. Officers and sailors of the Vietnamese frigate will also enjoy entertainment events including sports and cultural exchanges with sailors of other Southease Asian and Chinese naval vessels. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese frigate docks in China for naval exercise
SINGAPORE — Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said today that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is planning a maritime exercise with the US Navy next year. In his opening speech at a meeting of ASEAN defence ministers in Singapore, Ng said, "ASEAN’s centrality will be further emphasised if we agree on today’s proposal for the ASEAN-US maritime exercise next year." The proposal - which would be the first such exercise involving the US and all 10 ASEAN countries - has already been approved by ASEAN defence officials, according to ASEAN sources. The idea of an ASEAN-US maritime exercise comes as ASEAN is set to conduct its first-ever joint naval exercise with China from October 22 to 27 off the southern Chinese coastal city of Zhanjiang in the South China Sea (called East Sea by Việt Nam). It appears to be aimed at striking a balance between China and the US - the two major powers with considerable influence in the region, especially in the … [Read more...] about ASEAN eyes maritime exercise with US next year: Singapore minister
Between September 11 and 27 South Korean destroyer Munmu the Great berthed in Da Nang, Japanese submarine Kuroshio in Cam Ranh, Canada’s HMCS Calgary again in Da Nang, and New Zealand frigate Te Mana and Indian destroyer INS Rana in Ho Chi Minh City. In early September, British amphibious assault vessel HMS Albion visited HCMC after sailing past the Paracel Islands, sparking fury in China. Meanwhile, Vietnamese frigate Tran Hung Dao late last month headed out for a long naval journey involving maritime activities in Japan, South Korea and China, and Coast Guard ship CBS 8001 began a maiden visit to India last week, seeking to strengthen cooperation in addressing maritime security threats. In an email to VnExpress International, Dr. Collin Koh Swee Lean, a research fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said these visits are definitely an indicator of Vietnam’s growing willingness to boost security ties with major powers, including those within … [Read more...] about Vietnam more willing to boost security ties with major powers: experts
It was “not very reassuring,” Jeffrey Ordaniel told VnExpress, referring to the address by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore a week ago. Ordaniel, Research Fellow with the Pacific Forum, felt that while Mattis outlined what America wants to see in the so-called Indo-Pacific Region, he failed to clearly articulate how Washington could help smaller countries resist pressure and coercion from China. He could not even clearly commit to defend the Philippines, a mutual defense-treaty ally, in the South China Sea, Ordaniel noted. The South China Morning Post quoted the Defense Secretary as saying that the "the U.S. will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must … of course we recognize any sustainable Indo-Pacific order has a role for China." But the U.S. bark seems to lack bite, analysts feel. On May 23, the U.S. disinvited China … [Read more...] about Is the US going soft on China?