Singapore navy leads task unit in multilateral naval exercise

(L to R): Fleet Commander Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han (2nd from left) and Commanding Officer 185 Squadron Colonel Fredrick Chew (4th from left), witnessing the live-firing of Harpoon missiles in RSS Formidable's Combat Information Centre during Exercise RIMPAC 2012; RSS Formidable conducting the live-firing of Harpoon Surface-to-Surface missiles off the coast of Hawaii during Exercise RIMPAC 2012.

SINGAPORE - The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will be heading up a task unit in a multilateral maritime exercise hosted by the United States Navy from June 27 to Aug 7, 2012.

The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, involving 22 countries, seeks to conduct maritime operations such as combined anti-submarine and air defence missions. It will comprise of a shore planning phase, as well as a 24-day sea phase, conducted off the coast of Hawaii.  

The task unit under Singapore's RSS Formidable includes four other warships from Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States.  

On Saturday, RSS Formidable successfully carried out simultaneous live-firing of two Harpoon Surface-to-Surface missiles, said the RSN in a press release.

“Exercise RIMPAC is a good opportunity for the RSN to train with other established navies to perform complex maritime operations in a high intensity environment," said Commanding Officer of RSS Formidable, Lieutenant Colonel Ong Chee Wei.

"This year, the RSN is commanding a multinational task unit and this has allowed the RSN to enhance our engagements with other navies, strengthen professional understanding and interoperability with them.”

This is the third time the RSN is involved in this biennial exercise, following its inaugural participation in 2008.

This year’s Exercise RIMPAC also involves maritime forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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