Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Singapore - India Maritime Bilateral Exercise - 25th SIMBEX

Date of Issue: November 19, 2018

25th SIMBEX - Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise

The 25th edition of SIMBEX, “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise” is scheduled to be held from November 10- 21, 2018 in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

The 2018 edition marks the silver jubilee of SIMBEX.  To mark the historical occasion, the navies of both nations are undertaking exercises over an extended geography.

Indian Fleet
The Indian Navy is being represented this year by the Ranvir class destroyer – INS Ranvijay, two Project 17 multirole stealth frigates – INS Satpura and INS Sahyadri, the Project 28 ASW corvette - INS Kadmatt, the Project 25A missile corvettes, INS Kirch, the OPVs INS Sumedha and INS Sukanya, the Fleet Support Ship, INS Shakti, a Sindhughosh Class submarine, INS Sindhukirti, the P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol and ASW aircraft from INAS 312, Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol aircraft from INAS 311, Mk 132 Hawk AJTs from INAS 551 and integral helicopters such as the UH3H, Seaking 42 B, Seaking 42C and Chetak utility helicopters.

Singaporean Fleet
The Singapore Navy is being represented by two Formidable Class stealth frigates - RSS Formidable and RSS Steadfast, one Littoral Mission Vessel - RSS Unity, two Missile Corvettes, RSS Vigour and RSS Valiant, an Archer class Submarine, RSS Swordsman, ‘Swift Rescue’ a Deep Sea Rescue Vehicle (DSRV), a Fokker F50 maritime reconnaissance aircraft, embarked S70B helicopters and Scan Eagle unmanned aerial systems. 

Key Highlights
• The 2018 edition of the bilateral maritime exercise will be the largest edition since 1994 in terms of scale and complexity.
• The initial harbour phase will be held at Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands from November 10-12, which will be followed by sea phase from November 12-16 in the Andaman Sea. 
• The second harbour phase will be held from November 16- 19 at Visakhapatnam – ‘the City of Destiny’. 
• The harbour phase would include programmes such as a silver jubilee commemoration ceremony, various professional and training interactions, 10 Km ‘Friendship Run’ during the Annual Vizag-Navy Marathon, social evening and joint cultural programmes to commemorate the 25th anniversary. 
• The final sea phase would be held in the Bay of Bengal from November 19-21. 
• The SIMBEX 2018 will witness a diverse range of exercises at sea ranging from live weapon drills including multiple missile firings, Heavy Weight Torpedo (HWT) and medium range gun/ anti submarine rocket firings, advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercises, submarine rescue demonstrations, integrated Surface and Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations and cross deck helicopter flying among others.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Bangladesh - 2018 - Coast Guard Ship (CGS) Syed Nazrul (PL71), HACGAM

Date of Issue: October 24, 2018

The High Level Meeting (HLM) of 14th Heads of Asian Coastguard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) was held from 23-27 October 2018 at a hotel in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Coastguard hosted this biggest Maritime Agencies meeting of Asia-Pacific region and beyond represented by Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong (China), India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Bahrain participated as an observer and ReCAAP-ISC (The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in Asia - Information Sharing Centre) as an associate member.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the ceremony on 24 October as Chief Guest. Ministers, members of the parliament, high officials of government, foreign diplomats and media personnel were present on the occasion. Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury was present as the chairperson the meeting, while Japan functions the secretariat activities of the meeting. HACGAM aims to promote safe, secure and clean seas. It covers the strengthening of co-operation among the members within a framework of four pillars, namely search and rescue, environmental protection, preventing and controlling unlawful acts at sea and capacity building.

It recognized the importance of enhancing the cooperative relationships among the HACGAM members to reach a more practical level. The accession of Bahrain Coastguard in HACGAM as a member strengthened HACGAM further.The HLM of 14th HACGAM came to an end with declaration of a join statement.

CGS Syed Nazrul (PL71)
CGS Syed Nazrul  is a Leader Class offshore patrol vessel of the Bangladesh Coast Guard. She is serving the Bangladesh Coast Guard since 2017.

Thanks to my friend, Mr. Ataul Quadir Rubayat for sending the stamp and FDC for my collection.

Info courtesy:, wikipedia

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Western Naval Command, Mumbai - Golden Jubilee 1968 - 2018

Date of Issue: December 12, 2018

The Western Naval Command is a formation of the Indian Navy. It has its HQ in Mumbai, Maharashtra and is commanded by Vice Admiral Girish Luhtra.

It utilizes Mumbai and Karwar as its home ports, with INS Kunjali its HQ in Mumbai. The fleet at the WNC is based under Flag Officer Maharashtra Area (FOMA) and provides naval defence in the sensitive north Arabian Sea adjacent to Pakistan. INS Kadamba, a large naval base, was constructed under Project Seabird and completed in 2005. This naval base, at Karwar in Karnataka, is used exclusively by the Indian Navy.
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