New Delhi - The Indian Navy at SIMBEX was represented by Guided Missile Destroyer INS Ranvijay with a ship borne helicopter, ASW Corvette INS Kiltan and Guided Missile Corvette INS Kora and one P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft.\n\n\n\nParticipants from the RSN at SIMBEX included one Formidable Class Frigate, RSS Steadfast, embarked with an S-70B naval helicopter, one Victory Class Missile Corvette, RSS Vigour, one Archer Class Submarine and one Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Four F-16 fighter aircraft of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) also participated in the exercise during the Air Defence Drills.\n\n\n\nInitiated in 1994, SIMBEX is the Indian Navy\u2019s longest uninterrupted bilateral maritime exercise with any foreign navy. Sustaining the continuity of this significant engagement despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic further underscores the strength of bilateral defence ties between both countries.\n\n\n\nDespite these constraints during the planning stages, both navies could achieve seamless and safe execution of several challenging evolutions including live weapon firing and advanced naval warfare serials, including anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-surface warfare drills. The scale and complexity of the drills is ample testimony to the interoperability achieved between both Navies.\n\n\n\nThis year\u2019s edition of SIMBEX is also a special occasion as it takes place during the ongoing celebrations of the 75th year of India\u2019s independence. The success of SIMBEX-2021 is yet another demonstration of the mutual resolve on both sides to strengthen the bilateral partnership further in the years ahead.\n\n\n\nOwing to the ongoing pandemic-related constraints, this year\u2019s SIMBEX was planned without any physical interactions as an \u2018at-sea only\u2019 exercise hosted by the RSN in the southern fringes of the South China Sea.\n\n\n\nIndia-Singapore Defence relations remain a very significant aspect of the overall bilateral relationship and cover a very wide spectrum of collaboration from conventional military-to-military exchanges to HADR and cyber security. Both navies have a representation in each other\u2019s Maritime Information Fusion Centres and have also recently signed an agreement on mutual submarine rescue support and coordination.