Indian Naval ships strengthen maritime cooperation with Singapore in South China sea deployment

The Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy have fostered robust relations over three decades of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration.

Three Indian naval ships – Delhi, Shakti, and Kiltan – led by Rear Admiral Rajesh Dhankhar, Commander of the Eastern Fleet, arrived in Singapore on May 6th as part of an operational deployment to the South China Sea. The ships received a warm welcome from personnel of the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Indian High Commissioner to Singapore.

This visit aims to further strengthen the long-standing friendship and cooperation between the two maritime nations through a series of engagements and activities. During their stay, the Indian naval ships have planned various initiatives, including interactions with the Indian High Commission, professional exchanges with the Singaporean Navy, academic collaborations, and community outreach programs, reflecting the shared values of both navies.

The Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy have fostered robust relations over three decades of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration. Regular visits, exchanges of best practices, and reciprocal training arrangements have been hallmarks of this partnership. The current deployment underscores the strong linkages between the two navies.

Both countries have a vested interest in maintaining freedom of navigation and a rules-based maritime order in the Indo-Pacific region. The visit provides an opportunity to discuss maritime security challenges, enhance interoperability, and explore avenues for further cooperation.

The Indian Navy’s presence in the South China Sea also signifies its commitment to promoting peace, stability, and adherence to international laws in the region. Such deployments and port calls are crucial for strengthening diplomatic ties and fostering mutual understanding between partner nations.