The Indian Navy participated in the United States (US) Navy led Exercise South East Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) 2021, an annual Multilateral Naval Exercise held in Singapore virtually. This is the 20th Edition of the Exercise.
Objective: It aims to foster enhanced cooperation between Southeast Asian countries by incorporating tactics, standardized training, and procedures to combat contingencies or illegal activities in the maritime domain.
- Navies of 21 countries participated in the exercise. They include Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, East Timor, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam,
- Several International Organisations and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) also participated in this year’s drills. They include the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), EU Critical Maritime Route Wider Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
- It involved upto to 400 personnel and 10 ships, including the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat Ship Tulsa.
- During the exercise, all existing maritime domain awareness (MDA) tools, including Singapore’s Information Fusion Centre, will be used by the participating nations to share information, as well as for crisis communication and coordination
About South East Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT)
SEACAT began in 2002 as South East Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism. In 2020, the Exercise was conducted as part of a virtual symposium due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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About Indian Navy
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy) – New Delhi
Prime Minister – Lee Hsien Loong
Capital – Singapore
Currency – Singapore Dollar(SGD)