India, Singapore sign key agreement to boost maritime cooperation
Admiral Dhowan, who is on his maiden visit to Singapore from July 20-23, called on Singapore's Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen.
He also held talks with Chief of Defence Force Lt-Gen Ng Chee Meng and Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (RADM) Lai Chung Han after inspecting a Guard of Honour at Ministry of Defence.
He visited the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s Information Fusion Centre and the Changi Naval Base, where he and RADM Lai signed a Technical Agreement (TA) on sharing white-shipping information, which will enhance maritime information sharing between the two navies, said the Ministry of Defence in a statement. White-shipping refers to commercial shipping information about movement of cargo ships.
The RSN and the Indian Navy conduct the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) together annually and this year's SIMBEX, held in May, was the 22nd in the series.
Both navies also interact regularly through high-level visits, dialogues, joint military training, courses and other professional exchanges. ■