Joint exercise named Eagle Indopura is being conducted with the participation of Singapore and Indonesia navies between 18th and 25th July 2019. The exercise is conducted in three phases – the harbour phase in Surabaya, Indonesia; the sea phase in the Java Sea, Karimata Strait and Singapore Strait enroute to Singapore; and culminating in the post-exercise shore phase in Singapore.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exercise in Surabaya last Thursday (July 18), the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Fleet Commander, Rear-Admiral Aaron Beng, said that both navies need to continue working together to protect the key maritime trade routes between Singapore and Indonesia.
He said that these waters are not just access points for terrorists, but also critical sea lines.
“The RSN and the TNI AL (Indonesian Navy) have a long and deep history of cooperation. I am sure that we will continue to grow and deepen these bilateral interactions in the years to come,” he said.
During the sea phase; a series of advanced anti-surface and anti-air naval warfare serials were executed by both navies. They also conducted maritime security drills, where they collaborated to disrupt a simulated terrorist attack on commercial shipping transiting through the Singapore Strait. This was in response to alerts of the simulated terrorist threat via the RSN’s Information Fusion Centre Real-time Information-sharing System (IRIS), a web-based system for information sharing and sense-making.
Participant Units :
Formidable-class frigate RSS Steadfast
Victory-class missile corvette RSS Vigour
Independence-class littoral mission vessel RSS Justice
Diponegoro-class frigate KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda
Fatahillah-class missile corvette KRI Fatahillah
CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft