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AIME 2023: Close eye on China, Indian Navy ships arrive in Singapore for ASEAN maritime exercise

Pankaj Prasad
INS Satpura and INS Delhi reached Singapore
INS Satpura and INS Delhi reached Singapore

Indian Navy ships INS Satpura and INS Delhi have reached Singapore.

India-China relations are not taking the name of improvement. China continues to violate the border continuously, due to which these relations are deteriorating instead of improving. In such a situation, India is ready to conduct its first maritime exercise with South East Asian countries off the coast of Singapore from today. Let us tell you, India is keeping a close watch on the large presence of Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy ships in the Indian Ocean.

Significantly, Indian Navy ships INS Satpura and INS Delhi have reached Singapore. These ships will participate in the first ASEAN India Maritime Exercise (AIME-2023) to be held from today to May 8.

Opportunity for Indian and ASEAN Navies to work together

The ships arrived in Singapore under the leadership of RADM Gurcharan Singh, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. According to the Defense Ministry, the 'Harbour Phase' of the exercise will be conducted from May 2 to 4 at the Changi Naval Base and the 'Sea Phase' from May 7 to 8 in the South China Sea. AIME-2023 will provide an opportunity for Indian Navy and ASEAN Navies to work together and conduct seamless operations in the maritime domain.

Ships will also participate in International Maritime Security Conference

India's first indigenously built guided missile destroyer INS Delhi and an indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate INS Satpura are a part of the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam. These ships function under the operational command of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command. These ships are equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors. During their port call at Singapore, both the ships will also participate in the International Maritime Defense Exhibition and International Maritime Security Conference organized by Singapore.