Singapore and Chinese navies conduct bilateral naval exercise

 Singapore and Chinese navies conduct bilateral naval exercise
Commanding Officer RSS Intrepid Senior Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Beng (right) briefing Deputy Commander People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) South Sea Fleet (SSF) Rear-Admiral Gao Feng.

SINGAPORE - The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Formidable-class frigate RSS Intrepid conducted a bilateral naval exercise with the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Jiangkai II-class frigate Yulin on Wednesday.

The exercise comprised naval helicopter cross-deck landings, manoeuvring drills and gunnery firings.

Prior to the exercise, RSS Intrepid conducted a port call at Ma Xie Naval Base in Zhanjiang, China, from August 30 to September 3. During the port call, RSS Intrepid hosted a reception for personnel from the PLA(N) South Sea Fleet. In addition, personnel of both navies engaged in exercise planning and ship visits.

Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han was also in China for a working visit in conjunction with the port call. He earlier met with the PLA(N)'s Political Commissar Admiral Liu Xiaojiang and Commander of PLA(N) South Sea Fleet Vice-Admiral Jiang Weilie in Beijing and Zhanjiang respectively.

The Ministry of Defence said in a statement that professional and personal interactions at the leadership and working levels have enhanced mutual understanding and friendship between the RSN and the PLA(N).

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