Admiral Lanba to attend events marking 50 years of Singapore Navy

Admiral Lanba

Admiral Lanba

Warships from 20 countries, including the United States, were gathered at the base as Singapore hosted its first global maritime review.

The Admiral will also attend the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) 2017 in addition to consolidating existing maritime cooperation initiatives between the two nations.

During the visit, Admiral Lanba is scheduled to hold discussions with Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, the Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant-General Perry Lim Cheng Yeow, and the Chief of Singaporean Navy Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, besides having bilateral talks with a number of Chiefs of other Navies attending the event. The next edition of the exercise is scheduled to be conducted in Singapore from May 18 to 24.Both Navies also engage in Navy to Navy Staff Talks, which commenced in 2004. Singapore Navy has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Indian Navy to take this 21st century maritime construct forward.

According to a Navy Spokesperson, Defence cooperation between India and Singapore is robust and primarily focused towards maritime cooperation.

India signed a Defence Cooperation Agreement with Singapore in 2003, which was renewed in 2015.

Both Indian and Singapore Navy are partners in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a Maritime Cooperation construct, conceptualised and pioneered by Indian Navy in 2008.

John M Richardson received a prestigious military award from Singapore on Monday (May 15), for his contributions in promoting ties between the navies of both countries.

Apart from conducting a land review of the berthed warships, President Tan boarded the recently commissioned Littoral Mission Vessel, RSS Independence, for the sea review of warships anchored off the base. Warships of both countries regularly visit each other's ports.

The Singapore Navy has participated in all the MILAN- series interactions organised at Port Blair by the Indian Navy.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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