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Indonesia, Singapore enhance bilateral naval drills amid increased terrorism threats

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Indonesia, Singapore enhance bilateral naval drills amid increased terrorism threats

Key Points

  • The navies of Indonesia and Singapore have introduced counter-terrorism serials into an annual bilateral exercise between the two services
  • Drills aim to enhance professionalism and interoperability of naval services in handling maritime security contingencies such as seaborne terrorist attacks

A long-standing annual bilateral exercise between the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia â€" Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) is, for the first time, featuring counter-terrorism serials amid heightened fears of seaborne terrorist attacks in the region.

The drills, known as Exercise ‘Eagle Indopura’, are being held from 19 to 27 April in Singapore and the port city of Surabaya in Indonesia. The RSN has deployed its first-of-class Formidable frigate (68), and its second Victory-c lass corvette, RSS Valour (89), for the drills. The service is also making a debut of its Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), RSS Independence (15), in the exercise. Independence is the first of eight new LMVs acquired by the Singapore government in 2013. It was commissioned in May 2017.

Meanwhile, the TNI-AL is taking part with two of its Diponegoro (Sigma)-class frigates, KRI Diponegoro (365) and KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda (367), a Kondor II (Type 89)-class coastal minesweeper KRI Pulau Rusa (726), a CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft, and the sea security group from the service’s Western Fleet (Komandan Gugus Keamanan Laut Wilayah Barat, or GUSKAMLABAR). KRI Diponegoro is embarked with a BO 105 light helicopter.

‘Eagle Indopura’ is the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF’s) longest-running series of bilateral exercise with a foreign military, and it has been held since 1974. Previous iterations of the exercise feature largely conventional warfare scenarios including anti-a ir and anti-surface operations, in addition to maritime security scenarios.

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