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Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN)
participated in Exercise Malapura, a bilateral maritime
exercise, from 20 to 27 September. Hosted by Malaysia, this year’s exercise was
held in the northern part of the Malacca Strait.
The exercise involved about 500 personnel, and was conducted without
physical contact between servicemen from both countries. The RSN participated
in the exercise with a Formidable-class
frigate (RSS Stalwart)
embarked with a Republic of Singapore Air Force S-70B Seahawk naval
helicopter, and two Victory-class
missile corvettes (RSS Vigilance
and RSS Vigour).
The RMN participated with a Lekiu-class
frigate (KD Lekiu),
corvette (KD Lekir),
corvette (KD Handalan) and a Super Lynx
helicopter, as well as F/A-18D and Hawk 208 fighter aircraft from the Royal
Malaysian Air Force.
Following a virtual opening ceremony from both RSS Singapura - Changi Naval
Base and Lumut Naval Base, the two navies executed naval serials during the
contactless sea phase, such as air defence exercises, gunnery firings, maritime
security drills, as well as manoeuvring and communications drills.
Speaking on the successful completion of the exercise, RSN Fleet Commander, RADM Saw Shi Tat said, "The mutual understanding built up over the years between our sailors was key to the safe and successful conduct of the exercise. Whilst the COVID-19 situation posed challenges for exercise planning and coordination, the participants from both navies worked together to overcome these challenges and demonstrated high levels of cooperation throughout the exercise. Strong friendships were forged amongst the sailors, and this augurs well for both navies to further strengthen collaboration going forward."
and RMN interact regularly across a wide range of activities. These include
professional exchanges and courses, as well as multilateral activities under
the ambit of the Five Power Defence Arrangements and the ASEAN Defence
Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)/ADMM-Plus. The two navies also work closely to
enhance maritime security through the Malacca Straits Patrol.