Indian Warship in Singapore for visit

In a demonstration of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and Indian Navy’s increasing footprint and operational reach, Indian Naval Ship Satpura has arrived today at Singapore on a four-day visit (August 31 2016 till September 4 2016), as part of the deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea and Western Pacific. The ship is enroute to India after participation in Exercise Malabar 16 and Exercise RIMPAC-16.

During the visit, the Indian Naval ship will have professional interaction with the Republic of Singapore Navy towards further enhancing co-operation between the two forces. Calls on senior Government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions, aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two Navies, are also planned. The visiting Indian Naval ship is also likely to conduct exercises at sea with the Republic of Singapore Navy, aimed at enhancing interoperability in communication as well as Search and Rescue procedures, upon departure from Singapore.

Bilateral relations between India and Singapore are characterised by strong bonds of friendship based on cultural, religious and economic ties over two millennia. Economic, cultural and defence relations are the mainstay of India-Singapore relationship. Singapore is India’s 10th largest trade partner globally and 2nd largest in ASEAN (2014) accounting for nearly 26% of India’s overall trade with ASEAN.

Indian leadership  shares great relations with Singaporean leaders

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore called on PM Narendra Modi on 26th August, 2016.

The Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the people of Singapore on the sad demise of former President S. R. Nathan. The Prime Minister said that Singapore has lost one of its great sons.

Shanmugaratnam briefed the Prime Minister on the status of various bilateral cooperation initiatives, especially in the areas of Skill Development and Smart Cities.

The Prime Minister, during his talk, recalled his successful visit to Singapore in November 2015, during which the bilateral relationship was upgraded to a “strategic partnership”, and said that he is keenly looking forward to the visit of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to India in the near future. In short, the two nations enjoy great relationship.

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