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Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) conducted the
26th edition of Exercise Eagle Indopura from 13 to 21 September 2021. The
exercise was planned virtually followed by a contactless sea phase in
Indonesian waters. The RSN deployed a Formidable-class Frigate RSS Tenacious,
an Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel RSS Justice and a
Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force,
while the TNI AL participated with a Diponegoro-class Corvette KRI Diponegoro
with a Panther helicopter embarked, a Fatahillah-class Corvette KRI Malahayati
and a NC 212 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
During the exercise, both navies executed a series of naval serials including
gunnery firings, communication and manoeuvring drills, as well as a
search-and-rescue exercise. Modelled after real-time maritime security
operations, the participating ships were also tasked by their respective
operation centres to track the movement of simulated vessels of interest cued
by alerts from the RSN’s Information Fusion Centre. The exercise concluded with
a sail-past of the participating ships.
Commanding Officer of RSS Tenacious, Lieutenant Colonel Tung Wanling
highlighted the importance of the long-standing bilateral exercise in enhancing
understanding between both the Singapore and Indonesian navies. She said, “The
exercise allowed us to deepen our shared knowledge, and bolster strong and
enduring defence relations. It provided an opportunity for us to work and learn
from one another, to enhance our cooperation and strengthen the understanding
between our sailors.”
Held since 1974, Exercise Eagle Indopura is the Singapore Armed Forces'
longest-running bilateral exercise with a foreign military. The successful
conduct of Exercise Eagle Indopura underscores the close and long-standing
bilateral defence relations between both navies. It is also a reflection of the
professional interactions and exchanges that have continued between the
militaries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
to their deployment, all SAF personnel, who have been fully vaccinated, have
undergone pre-departure isolation and tested negative for COVID-19.