Singapore Navy In RIMPAC Naval Exercise In Hawaii

SINGAPORE, July 14 (Bernama) -- The Republic of Singapore Navy and maritime forces from 13 other countries including Malaysia are taking part in the multilateral Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise in Hawaii.

The Singapore navy sent its Formidable-class frigate RSS Supreme to the naval exercise comprising a shore planning phase as well as a 24-day sea phase conducted off the coast of Hawaii.

Hosted by the United States Navy, the exercise which will end on Aug 1, involves more than 30 ships, five submarines, 150 aircraft and 20,000 personnel from the 14 countries.

The other maritime forces are from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Thailand and the United States.

The Singapore Defence Ministry said its frigate took part in maritime operations such as combined anti-submarine and air defence missions, and successfully carried out a surface-to-air missile live-firing today.

This is the second time the Singapore navy is involved in the exercise, following its inaugural participation in July 2008.


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