Another success? India set for tri-lateral exercise with Singapore

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New Delhi:

India will soon start a new tri-lateral exercise in a partnership with Singapore with which New Delhi has the longest un-interrupted naval drills, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Singapore on Friday.

However, the third participant was not announced by the Indian prime minister.

"India's armed forces, especially our Navy, are building partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region for peace and security, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief," Modi said while delivering a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue.

The forces exercise, train and perform goodwill missions across the region, he said.

"With Singapore, we have the longest un-interrupted naval exercise, which is in its 25th year now. We will start a new tri-lateral exercise with Singapore soon and we hope to extend it to other ASEAN countries," Modi said.

India and Singapore have signed an agreement between their navies regarding mutual coordination, logistics and services for naval ships’, submarines and naval aircraft visits.

India conducts Malabar Exercise with the US and Japan, Modi said, adding that a number of regional partners join in India's Exercise 'Milan' in the Indian Ocean, and participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) military exercise in the Pacific.

India will participate alongside as many as 26 countries in the biennial RIMPAC military exercise from June 27 to August 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

RIMPAC, which is known as the world’s largest international maritime exercise, involves 47 surface ships, 18 national land forces and five submarines and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel this year.

Earlier, the United States had disinvited China from RIMPAC ahead of the announcement, a move which Beijing described as ‘unfortunate'.

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