Thursday, May 17, 2007

Singapore hosts 19 navies for a security seminar and exercises

Reported here:
Singapore is hosting a series of multilateral maritime security activities that include a two-day weekend sea exercise involving 18 warships and a seminar, the city-state said.

The events are being attended by navies from countries including China, Japan, Russia, the United States and France, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The navies will use simulators in a tactical training exercise to establish procedures in dealing with maritime security threats, the ministry said.

The maritime exercise, which starts Saturday in the South China Sea, will enable the participants to practice these tactics, the ministry said.

"The maritime security challenges we face together are multifaceted and trans-boundary in nature," said Singapore's Chief of Defense Force, Maj. Gen. Desmond Kuek, in a statement.

"They cut across traditional sectoral boundaries of navies, coast guards, port authorities and other maritime security agencies."

Aside from Singapore, the other participating countries are: Australia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Tonga, Malaysia, Brunei, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand.

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