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Singapore, Malaysia Conduct Maritime Exercise

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 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) conducted a bilateral maritime exercise, reports Channel News Asia.   The 12-day Exercise Malapura involved about 600 personnel from Singapore Navy and Malaysia. Both navies carried out joint planning and training at Changi Naval Base (CNB), and conducted drills in conventional naval warfare and maritime security in the Malacca Strait.    The Defence Ministry said Singapore's frigate, a missile corvette, a patrol vessel and a naval helicopter were part of the exercise.   The RSN participated in the exercise with a frigate (RSS Stalwart), a missile corvette (RSS Victory), a patrol vessel (RSS Sovereignty) and a Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk Naval Helicopter.   The RMN was represented by a frigate (KD Jebat), a corvette (KD Lekir), a patrol vessel (KD Kelantan) and a Super Lynx Helicopter.    Both navies interact regularly across a wide range of activities, which include bilateral exchanges and courses, as well as multilateral activities as part of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA).    RSN Fleet Commander Colonel Lew Chuen Hong and RMN Fleet Commander VADM Dato' Mohamad Roslan bin Mohamad Ramli were present at the closing ceremony held at RMN Maritime Tactical Centre in Lumut Naval Base on Saturday.   The maritime exercises between the two countries have been conducted since 1984. Malaysia hosted the latest exercise.


Asia-Pacific Countries Bond To Protect Vital Sea Lanes

Fifteen ships and 1,500 personnel from 16 Asia-Pacific countries took part in exercises off Singapore on Tuesday with the aim of forging stronger ties to protect the region's vital sea lanes. The first Western Pacific Mine Countermeasure and Diving Exercises will continue until June 22 in the Strait of Singapore and the South China Sea. "The Malacca Strait, Singapore Strait and South China Sea together form one of the busiest shipping lanes in the region," Singapore's Defense Minister said


Phase Four of CARAT Begins in Singapore

The fourth phase of the 13th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series began July 13 in an exercise that will include an estimated 1,500 military personnel, 13 ships, a submarine and the newly-commissioned Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) frigate RSS Formidable (68). Members representing the combined armed services of both nations, dignitaries and local and national media gathered for the exercise's official kick off at the RSN’s Fleet Command


Singapore Navy Patrol Boat Order for ST Engineering

Singapores previous Fearless-class PB: Photo credit Wikipedia CCL

Singapore Technologies Engineering wins Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) contract for the design & build of eight new vessels. The Group’s marine arm, Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) will build the eight vessels at its Singapore Benoi Yard.  Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics), the Group’s electronics arm, will supply the core combat systems and combat system integration solutions. 


Faststream Announces Director Promotion

Jason Tay

Recruitment company Faststream has announced the appointment of a new director. Jason Tay has been promoted to director level in the Group’s Singapore base in recognition of his progression and contribution to the business, the company said. Established in 1999, Faststream is a recruitment company specializing in services to the oil and gas, shipping and maritime, offshore, mining and built environment sectors. The Group employs 130 in total across its U.K


Singapore and China Conclude Naval Drill

The RSNs RSS Valiant (left) and RSS Intrepid (right) participating in a manoeuvring exercise with the PLA(N)s Yulin (middle). (Photo Courtesy of PLA[N])

 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLAN) concluded the inaugural Exercise Maritime Cooperation, a new bilateral naval exercise series on Tuesday (May 26).   The exercise comprised conventional naval warfare serials such as gunnery firings and manoeuvring drills. Personnel from the two navies also engaged in exercise planning and combined simulator training ashore, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement.   


Singapore, Australia Hold Joint Maritime Exercise

A joint maritime exercise involving the navies and air forces of Singapore and Australia is being held in the Singapore Strait and the South China Sea, from May 7 to 11. Singapore's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday in a statement that both navies are exercising under the conventional range of scenarios, from maritime surveillance, air defense to anti-submarine warfare, as well as in the maritime security scenario of defense against small boat threats.


Austal Appoints Regional Service Manager

Austal has announced that Michael Little has joined Austal as Regional Service Manager - Asia. Based in Singapore, Mr. Little will be responsible for Austal’s support offering in Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines and for developing relationships in the broader region. Mr. Little has considerable experience in the Asia-Pacific ship repair industry and direct expertise supporting US Navy operations in the region


USN, Republic of Singapore Navy Commence 19th CARAT Singapore

The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) docks near the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)

The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore exercise commenced with an opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base, July 15. Continuing through July 26, CARAT Singapore 2013 consists of 12 days of shore-based and at-sea training events designed to address shared maritime security priorities, develop relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces. CARAT Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S


MPA's Anti-piracy Meet, Workshop fosters Closer Ties

Particiapnts from Africa and Asia Photo MPA

The inaugural Meeting of Anti-Piracy Contact Points and Workshop on Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships involving participants from Africa and Asia was held in Singapore today. Organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC), the two-day meeting gathered about 20 participants to foster closer linkages amongst anti-piracy contact points


Singapore: Dredger Sank After Colliding with Tanker, 5 Missing

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

 The divers have recovered two bodies out of the five missing crew of JBB DE RONG 19, following the collision between Indonesian-registered tanker KARTIKA SEGARA and Dominican-registered dredger JBB DE RONG 19 that occurred in Singapore territorial waters at about 12


U.S. Navy Fires Two Commanders After Sea Accidents

File Image: the USS Fitzgerald (CREDIT: USN / K Wieirmann)

The U.S. Navy dismissed two senior officers on Monday after a series of collisions involving Seventh Fleet warships in Asia, citing a loss of confidence in their ability to command.   Rear Admiral Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, and Captain Jeffrey Bennett


Australian Navy Commissions Hobart (II) – One in a Million

HMAS Hobart returning to Sydney Harbour for the last time prior to being decommisioned. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 Royal Australian Navy will commission the first of three new destroyers today (On 23 September). In continuing our reflective stories of previous ships that have carried the name HMAS Hobart, this is the story of Hobart (II).   The second ship to bear the name Hobart was one of three


IMC Envisages Singapore as Global Maritime Hub

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

 The International Maritime Centre (IMC) 2030 Advisory Committee, established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in August 2016, has submitted the IMC 2030 Strategic Review report to the Singapore Government.   


USS America Pulls into Changi Naval Base

Photo: United States Navy

 Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived Aug. 21 at Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore and is moored across the pier from the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).    While in Singapore, America will provide messing and berthing services to McCain


HMAS Ballarat Returns Home

Family and friends of the crew of HMAS Ballarat wave to their loved ones as the ship pulls alongside to her home port of Fleet Base West, Western Australia, at the completion of a four month South East Asia deployment. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Ballarat has sailed into her home port of Fleet Base West in Rockingham, Western Australia, to a large gathering of family and friends after completing a three month deployment to South East Asia and; participating in Exercise TALISMAN SABER off the Australian coast.  


Remains Found Inside Damaged US Navy Destroyer

File Image: the USS John S. McCain returns to port.

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift on Tuesday said divers have found human remains inside the USS John S. McCain, which collided with a merchant vessel this week.   "The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today


US Navy a Hazard to Shipping -Chinese Newspaper

USS John S. McCain following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Madailein Abbott)

The U.S. navy's latest collision at sea, the fourth in its Pacific fleet this year, shows it is becoming an increasing risk to shipping in Asia despite its claims of helping to protect freedom of navigation, an official Chinese newspaper said.  


U.S. Navy Relieves Seventh Fleet Commander

A file image of the USS John S. McCain returning to port.

Vice Admiral Aucoin relieved of command; Pacific Fleet commander cites "loss of confidence."   The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on


Search Area Expanding for USS John S. McCain Sailors

Photo: United States Navy

 The search for missing Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) continues in the South China Sea and within the ship itself.    On Aug. 22, Adm. Scott Swift, commander, Pacific Fleet, announced that the remains of a number of the 10 missing


US Navy Identifies 1 Dead, 9 Missing USS McCain Sailors

Damage to the portside of guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (U.S. Navy photo by Joshua Fulton)

The U.S. Navy on Thursday confirmed the identity of one sailor killed after the warship USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in waters near Singapore and Malaysia, and of nine missing sailors. "After more than 80 hours of multinational search efforts, the U.S


Second Body Recovered from USS McCain

(U.S. Navy photo by Joshua Fulton)

U.S Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered and identified a second body in the search for ten sailors missing after a collision between a guided-missile destroyer and merchant vessel near Singapore earlier this week, the U.S. Navy said on Friday.  


Singapore, Japan Feasibility Study LNG-Fuelled Car Carriers

Singapores Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, met Minister Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan on 28 August 2017. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 To promote LNG bunkering in Asia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers


New Study Looks at LNG Bunkering for Car Carriers

© John Wollwerth / Adobe Stock

To help promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in Asia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbors Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG


Wreck Removal Treaty Comes into Force in Singapore

Photo: Gard

 Skuld Singapore  has reminded all members that Singapore has ratified the Wreck Removal Convention (WRC) which entered into force in Singapore on 8 September 2017.   "As members will be aware, the WRC requires among other matters owners of ships over 300 GT to have in place






 
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