6 Juli 2009
RSS Kallang and KRI Rengat conducting annual mine-countermeasure exercise off eastern coast of Bintan, Indonesia. (photo : Mindef)
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) are conducting their annual mine-countermeasure (MCM) exercise, code-named Joint MINEX, from 29 June to 7 July 2009. RSN's Then Commander, Maritime Security Task Force, Rear-Admiral Tan Wee Beng, and TNI-AL's Commander, Western Fleet Sea Security Group, First-Admiral Sugeng Darmawan, officiated at the exercise opening ceremony in Batam, Indonesia on 29 June 2009.
KRI Pulau Rengat (photo : Kaskus Militer)
Two RSN mine-countermeasure vessels (MCMVs), RSS Kallang and RSS Punggol; one TNI-AL MCMV, KRI Pulau Rengat; and a TNI-AL minesweeper, KRI Pulau Rangsang, are participating in the exercise. As part of the exercise, the two navies will conduct joint MCM operations against simulated mine threats off the eastern coast of Bintan, Indonesia, and in the Singapore Strait.
RSS Kallang (photo : KWSideB)
This year's exercise, the 12th in the Joint MINEX series, aims to strengthen the interoperability and professionalism of the RSN and TNI-AL mine-countermeasure forces. The exercise also helps to enhance mutual understanding among the personnel of both navies.