Singapore and Malaysian Navies Conduct Bilateral Maritime Exercise

The Repub­lic of Sin­ga­pore Navy (RSN) and the Roy­al Malaysian Navy (RMN) are con­duct­ing Exer­cise Mala­pu­ra, a bilat­er­al mar­itime exer­cise, from 27 Feb to 7 Mar 2012. Sin­ga­pore is host­ing this year’s exer­cise, the 22nd in the series held since 1984. RSN Fleet Com­man­der, Rear-Admi­ral Lai Chung Han and RMN Fleet Oper­a­tions Com­man­der, Vice Admi­ral Dato’ Wira Jamil bin Hj Osman offi­ci­at­ed at the open­ing cer­e­mo­ny held at Chan­gi Naval Base (CNB) today.

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About 540 per­son­nel from the RSN and RMN are involved in the 10-day exer­cise which will see both navies car­ry out joint plan­ning and train­ing at CNB, and con­duct­ing drills in con­ven­tion­al naval war­fare and mar­itime secu­ri­ty in the Malac­ca Strait. The RSN is tak­ing part in the exer­cise with a frigate (RSS For­mi­da­ble), a mis­sile corvette (RSS Val­our), and a patrol ves­sel (RSS Brave); while the RMN is par­tic­i­pat­ing with a frigate (KD Jebat) and two patrol ves­sels (KD Tereng­ganu and KD Selan­gor).

The RSN and RMN inter­act reg­u­lar­ly across a wide range of activ­i­ties. These include pro­fes­sion­al exchanges and cours­es, as well as mul­ti­lat­er­al activ­i­ties as part of the Five Pow­er Defence Arrange­ments. The two navies have also been work­ing close­ly to enhance mar­itime secu­ri­ty through the Malac­ca Strait Patrols arrange­ment. These reg­u­lar inter­ac­tions serve to strength­en mutu­al under­stand­ing and pro­fes­sion­al ties among the per­son­nel of both navies.

Source:
MINDEF Sin­ga­pore

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