The Singapore-leg of the annual Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) exercise started here on Monday with the participation of the navies from the countries such as Singapore, the United States
, the Philippines
According to a statement by the Ministry of Defense
, the annual SEACAT exercise is taking place from Aug.14 to 22, and the Singapore leg will last two days from Aug. 20 to 21.
The Singapore-leg of this year's exercise will involve the tracking of ships transiting through Singapore waters. Liaison officers from the Singapore navy
and other Southeast Asian navies
will be onboard a U.S. naval platform to compile and analyze data in order to create a shared maritime picture for enhanced situational awareness.
Personnel from the Singapore navy will
also coordinate the boarding of a U.S. Civil Resource ship that is simulating a merchant vessel suspected of assisting terrorist activities.
SEACAT, which started in 2002, is a series of exercises between the U.S. navy and Southeast Asian navies with the aim of enhancing maritime information sharing and the coordination of maritime security responses.