Singapore, Indonesian Navy conclude mine-countermeasure drill in Batam

Photo: Singapore defense ministry

Republic of Singapore Navy and Indonesian Navy ships concluded several days of mine countermeasure drill in Batam, Indonesia.

The 17th edition of the exercise took place between August 22 and 26.

This year’s joint MINEX saw the participation of more than 300 personnel from the RSN and the TNI-AL. The exercise consisted of shore-based planning and simulation training, as well as breakthrough operations in the eastern entrance of the Singapore strait, where the two navies ensured that the waters were cleared of mines for the safe transit of international merchant shipping.

The exercise also included live gunnery-firings and joint MCM operations against simulated mine threats off the eastern coast of Bintan, Indonesia. The RSN participated in the exercise with two Bedok-class mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs), RSS Bedok and RSS Punggol, while the TNI-AL sent two Pulau Rengat-class MCMVs, KRI Pulau Rengat and KRI Pulau Rupat, and a Kondor-class minesweeper, KRI Pulau Rangsang.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exercise at Changi Command and Control Centre on August 22, Commander of the RSN’s Maritime Security Task Force Rear-Admiral Alan Goh said, “Joint MINEX is one of several bilateral exercises between the RSN and the TNI-AL, and these exercises serve to enhance the professional knowledge and interoperability between our two navies.”

The RSN and the TNI-AL conduct regular professional exchanges, exercises and visits, and also collaborate through the bilateral socio-civic program Indo-Sin Bhakti Sosial and the multilateral Malacca Straits Patrol.

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