25 Mar '11, 9am

Navies of S'pore, Indonesia co-host multilateral exercises: By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 25 March 2011 1708 hrs

Navies of S'pore, Indonesia co-host multilateral exercises: By Mustafa Shafawi | Posted: 25 March 2011 1708 hrs

SINGAPORE : The Singapore and Indonesian navies are co-hosting the 4th Western Pacific Mine Countermeasures Exercise (MCMEX) and Diving Exercise (DIVEX). Opening the 12-day exercise on Friday, Singapore's Second Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen spoke of how the participating navies saw the need for a collective effort to maintain free navigation in international waters. Dr Ng urged the navies to continue to "be proactive in building platforms and capacity in information exchange and operational coordination, as well as develop their readiness to respond collectively should the need arise". More than 1,000 personnel and 15 ships from 16 navies will be participating in the two exercises, which will be conducted in the Singapore Strait and the waters off the Indonesian island of Pulau Bintan. This year's exercises will, for the first time, feature multilateral information shari...

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