22 Jul 22
Maintaining Warm Ties with a Close Partner
The Indonesian Navy First Fleet Commander RADM Arsyad Abdullah was in Singapore on his inaugural visit from 20 to 22 July 2022, where he met with Commander, Maritime Security (MARSEC) Command/Maritime Security Task Force RADM Yong Wei Hsiung.
Both leaders discussed on ways to strengthen bilateral relations and enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies, such as through information-sharing and operational collaboration to ensure maritime security in our region.
Both commanders affirmed the close and long-standing ties between our navies and looked forward to enhancing cooperation in the near future.
21 Jul 22
Strengthening Ties with the Johor State Maritime (JSM), Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)
Deputy Commander Maritime Security (MARSEC) Command, COL Rinson Chua, met Director JSM, FADM (M) Nurul Hizam Bin Zakaria in Johor Bahru this morning.
During the meeting, they discussed ways to share information on incidents at sea to enhance maritime security. In addition, professional exchanges and crew interactions were discussed to strengthen the relationship between both agencies.
Our Navy actively engages regional maritime agencies, such as the MMEA, to strengthen maritime security and cooperation.
12 Jul 22
Deepening Ties with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
On 12 Jul 22, Commander Maritime Security (MARSEC) Command, RADM Yong Wei Hsiung, met Director-General, ADM(M) Dato' Mohd Zubil Bin Mat Som in MMEA's HQ, Putrajaya.
During the meeting, they discussed ways to strengthen cooperation and share information on incidents at sea, such as through our operation centres, to enhance maritime security.
29 Jun 22
Presentation of "Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite" to CNV
On 29 Jun 22, our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng was conferred the title of "Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite" by His Excellency Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore, at the French Residence in Singapore.
In the presentation ceremony, RADM Beng expressed his appreciation for the France Navy's (FN) support on our Formidable-class Frigate programme and looked forward to upcoming face-to-face meetings and symposiums.
RADM Beng reaffirmed the strong partnership the FN has with the RSN. Both navies interact regularly through high-level visits, dialogues, and bilateral exercises. Earlier last year, both navies also successfully conducted a bilateral PASSEX, between the FN's Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, FS Tonnerre, La Fayette-class frigate FS Surcouf and our frigate RSS Steadfast.
19 May 22
Introductory Meeting with Chief of the German Navy
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng met with the Chief of German Navy VADM Jan Christian Kaack in an introductory meeting via tele-conference yesterday. Both leaders reaffirmed the bilateral relationship between our navies, which remained strong at both the leadership and operational levels despite the hurdles posed by COVID-19 in the past two years.
RADM Beng expressed his appreciation for the German Navy's support on our submarine programme and looked forward to upcoming face-to-face meetings.
Both navies interact regularly through high-level visits and dialogues, professional exchanges on submarine training, and cross-attendance of courses. Earlier this year, both navies also successfully conducted a bilateral PASSEX.
18 May 22
Strengthening Mutual Support between Navies
This morning, our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng joined his fellow Navy leaders at the 6th Multilateral Maritime Virtual Key Leaders Engagement. Hosted by US Commander Pacific Fleet ADM Samuel Paparo, the theme for the 6th KLE was "Maritime Mutual Support in Peacetime".
During his sharing, RADM Beng reaffirmed the importance of strengthening interoperability and reinvigorating dialogue, such as through ADMM-Plus exercises and Western Pacific Naval Symposium, to build mutual support in the face of global uncertainties.
04 Mar 22
Strengthening Close Ties with NZ
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and Chief of Navy of Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), RADM David Proctor met over a video teleconference today. The two leaders reaffirmed close and long-standing relationship between both navies and are heartened that regular interactions in 2021 continued despite the COVID-19 situation.
The leaders agreed on the importance for like-minded partners like RSN and RNZN to uphold a rules-based maritime order, and the need for Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA) member-nations' continued commitment towards FPDA and its exercises.
The meeting ended on a high note, with both chiefs looking forward to other interactions in the year.
26 Jan 22
Participating in the 5th Multilateral Maritime Virtual Key Leaders Engagement
Yesterday, our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng participated in the 5th Multilateral Maritime Virtual Key Leaders Engagement, which was hosted by Commander of the United States Pacific Fleet ADM Samuel Paparo. The theme for the session was "Reinvigorating Partnerships at Sea in 2022".
As part of his sharing, RADM Beng reaffirmed the importance of strengthening cooperation among navies to uphold the rules-based order and enhance maritime security. Leaders from the regional navies also acknowledged the utility of sustaining dialogue, operational linkages and exercises to reinvigorate partnerships at sea in the coming year.
25 Jan 22
Strengthening Security and Defence Cooperation in the Region
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and Commander, Maritime Security Command / Maritime Security Task Force RADM Yong Wei Hsiung met with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Commander Pacific Area VADM Michael McAllister via video teleconference this morning.
This meeting reaffirmed the close and longstanding bilateral relations shared by our countries. The leaders agreed on the importance of enhancing maritime security cooperation in the region and discussed ways to increase engagements and cooperation, as well as to foster mutual understanding and trust.
Our Navy actively engages maritime agencies, including maritime law enforcement agencies such as the USCG, to strengthen security and defence cooperation in the region.
22 Dec 21
1st ASEAN Navy Training Experience Exchange Program
The ASEAN Navy Training Experience Exchange Program (ANTEEP) is an initiative by the Vietnam People's Navy that was recently endorsed at the 15th ASEAN Navy Chiefs Meeting in August 2021 as a means for ASEAN navies to exchange professional expertise and experience in various areas such as navigation, communication, seamanship, and damage control. The 1st ANTEEP was conducted on 16 Dec and hosted by the Vietnam People's Navy.
Participants for the 1st ANTEEP met via video teleconference to share their practical knowledge and experience in damage control training. ME5 Jesvinder Singh and ME3 Sugumaran from the Navigation and Sailor Skills School (NSSS) at our Naval Military Expert Institute represented the RSN to share about our Damage Control Trainer and how training is calibrated and progressive within the RSN. They also shared about Damage Control innovation projects that were ongoing in the RSN.
"It was a very interesting and eye-opening experience. I learnt about the different equipment that they use for damage control as well as how their damage control training is structured. I also gained a better appreciation of how my ASEAN training counterparts overcame restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and continued to meet training requirements." - ME3 Sugumaran, Instructor at the Fire Fighting Damage Control Wing, NSSS
20 Dec 21
Meeting of Medical Minds at the WPNS Naval Medicine Seminar
Naval medical practitioners from 22 countries met virtually over on 14-15 Dec 2021 to share their knowledge and insights for military medical operations at this year's Naval Medicine Seminar, part of the biennial Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS).
One focus of this year's seminar was how navies had adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years. Our medical officers from the Navy Medical Service (NMS) shared their experience on enabling the RSN to "Deploy Clean, Remain Clean, Return Clean". NMS was represented by COL(DR) Shalini Arulanandam, SLTC(DR) James Kwek, MAJ(DR) Mark Lim and MAJ(DR) Zebedee Wong, who presented on behalf of NMS.
"The Naval Medicine Seminar was a good opportunity for RSN and other International Navies to discuss best clinical practices in our responses to maritime disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic", shared MAJ(DR) Zebedee Wong, "It was a privilege to be able to share our RSN experience, and also learn from our medical counterparts all over the world."
23 Nov 21
Strengthening Ties with Chinese Navy
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and the new Commander of the People's Liberation Army Navy Admiral Dong Jun held an introductory call over video teleconference on 23 Nov. The two leaders reaffirmed the warm and friendly bilateral relations, and discussed ways to strengthen friendships and enhance maritime cooperation.
Both navies continued to maintain regular interactions through passage exercises and interactions between senior leadership in spite of the COVID pandemic. These interactions foster mutual understanding and trust between the two navies.
16 Nov 21
Strengthening Maritime Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region
Chief of Staff - Naval Staff, RADM Edwin Leong took part in the 7th Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Conclave of Chiefs in Paris, France. IONS includes 24 coastal nations along the Indian Ocean, and eight observer nations. Hosted by the French Navy from 15 to 16 Nov, the Conclave discussed and reaffirmed IONS navies' efforts towards cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, information sharing, maritime and environment security, and commitment to an important maritime security architecture to the region.
27 Oct 21
Promoting Cooperation and Strengthening Ties Amongst Western Pacific Navies
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng participated in the 17th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) held virtually on 26 and 27 Oct 2021. Chaired by the Philippine Navy, this year's symposium saw the participation of chiefs and representatives from 20 member and eight observer navies. Conducted virtually due to COVID-19, the symposium was a useful platform to discuss maritime issues of common interests and to build trust and confidence.
25 Oct 21
Reaffirming Close and Longstanding Navy Ties
Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng met with newly appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy ADM Somprasong Nilsamai via video teleconference on 25 Oct 2021. The meeting reaffirmed the close and longstanding ties between the two navies, and underscored the mutual understanding and cooperation built through professional exchanges since the first bilateral Exercise Singsiam in 1981. Both navy chiefs had fruitful discussions on ways to strengthen bilateral relations, deepen mutual understanding, and enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies.
Photo courtesy of the Royal Thai Navy.
17 Sep 21
Chief of Navy, RADM Aaron Beng, at the US 24th International Seapower Symposium
Our Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Aaron Beng, joined more than 140 delegates, including heads of navies and coast guards from more than 100 nations at U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island, US from 14-17 September 2021 for the 24th International Seapower Symposium.
At the symposium, RADM Beng spoke on how COVID-19 impacted on navies and maritime security, and reiterated the need for navies and maritime agencies to continue to work together. "While the bulk of the global attention is on COVID-19 and its direct impact on shipping, we also see that other long-term threats to safe and secure seas continue." He added, "In Southeast Asia, we have seen how the pandemic has exacerbated piracy, smuggling and trans-border illegal migration. Navies and coast guards must redouble our efforts and keep up cooperation in combating maritime security threats."
During his visit to the United States, RADM Beng also called on US Secretary of the Navy, Mr Carlos Del Toro.
24 Aug 21
Chief of Navy, RADM Aaron Beng, Speaks at the 4th International Maritime Security Symposium (IMSS) Organised by the TNI AL
This morning, Chief of Navy, RADM Aaron Beng spoke at the 4th International Maritime Security Symposium (IMSS) organised by the TNI AL and attended by Chiefs and representatives from 25 navies.
RADM Beng's speech, titled "A Blueprint to Strengthen Information-Sharing to Enhance Regional Maritime Security", touched on the increasing complexities of maritime threats such as terrorism and piracy, especially during the pandemic, and suggested ways to improve information sharing for greater regional maritime security cooperation. This included (a) enhancing technology and infrastructure to make information-sharing secure, convenient, and useful, (b) strengthening operational linkages of existing information-sharing mechanisms beyond traditional maritime enforcement agencies, and (c) enhancing trust amongst like-minded partners.
On behalf of KASAL ADM Yudo Margono and the TNI AL, the Indonesian Defence Attaché to Singapore KOL Benny Arfan presented a token of appreciation to RADM Aaron Beng at MINDEF after the session.
15 Jul 21
Building Collective Resilience Between Navies
On 15 Jul 2021, Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng participated in the 4th Indo-Pacific Multilateral Maritime Virtual Key Leaders Engagement (KLE), alongside 13 other navies. Hosted by Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) ADM Samuel Paparo, commanders spoke on how they looked forward to resuming physical interactions as COVID-19 pandemic comes under control, to maintain the personal relationships and mutual trust amongst navies.
30 Jun 21
Building Understanding for Maritime Cooperation
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng joined navies from Asia, Europe and Middle East for the 7th Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) via video-teleconference. Hosted by the French Navy from 29 Jun to 1 Jul 2021, the conference saw discussions on how maritime cooperation could be enhanced in the Indian Ocean region, in the areas of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, maritime security, and information sharing and interoperability. Our Head of the Information Fusion Centre (IFC), LTC Lester Yong, also delivered a presentation on "Maritime Security Information Sharing and Cooperation", where he highlighted how IFC continues to work with key partners to facilitate information sharing and cooperation to enhance maritime security, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
25 May 21
Introductory Call by German Navy Chief
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and the Chief of German Navy VADM Kay-Achim Schönbach conducted their introductory meeting via video-teleconference on 25 May 2021. The two leaders reaffirmed the growing bilateral relationship between both navies. Both navy chiefs discussed ways to strengthen the bilateral relations and deepen cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
Both navies regularly interact through high-level visits and dialogues, professional exchanges on submarine training, and cross-attendance of courses. Since Feb 2020, the German Navy also attached an International Liaison Officer to Singapore's Information Fusion Centre. These interactions enhance interoperability and foster mutual understanding between the two navies.
07 May 21
Maintaining Warm Relations with the Philippines
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and the Chief of Navy Philippine Navy VADM Giovanni Carlo J Bacordo conducted their introductory meeting via video teleconference today. The meeting underscored the warm and good bilateral relationship between the two ASEAN navies. Both navy chiefs spoke on ways to strengthen bilateral relations and deepen mutual understanding between the two navies. They also discussed means to enhance maritime security cooperation through the attached International Liaison Officer in Singapore's Information Fusion Centre!
29 Apr 21
Strengthening Relations and Cooperation Between Navies
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and the Commander of the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLAN) ADM Shen Jinlong had an introductory call over video teleconference this morning.
The two leaders reaffirmed the warm and friendly relations between both navies. Both navy chiefs also discussed ways to strengthen friendships and enhance mutual understanding, including cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
Earlier in February, a passage exercise was conducted between RSN and PLAN ships in the southern reaches of the South China Sea within international waters – testament to the good relations established. We look forward to meeting up with our Chinese friends at the International Maritime Security Conference in July and future naval exercises at sea!
22 Apr 21
Affirming Warm Ties
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy ADM Tan Sri Mohd Reza bin Mohd Sany spoke over a teleconference this afternoon and reaffirmed the warm and long-standing bilateral relationship between our navies. Both navy chiefs also committed to strengthening cooperation through bilateral Exercise Malapura and multilateral architecture such as the Five Power Defence Arrangements.
16 Apr 21
Reaffirming Ties with a Close Partner
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and the Chief of the Indonesian Navy (KASAL) ADM Yudo Margono reaffirmed mutual commitment to strengthen cooperation and enhance interoperability between both navies over a video teleconference call earlier today. The call included a virtual gift exchange.
During the call, RADM Beng and ADM Yudo expressed mutual appreciation that both navies continued to work closely together to ensure maritime security in our region, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. Our ships also conducted a passage exercise in 2020. The two navy chiefs looked forward to continued engagements between the two navies.
24 Mar 21
Strengthening Close Ties with Brunei
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng had a fruitful video teleconference with Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) FADM Spry bin Haji Serudi.
This was their first meeting since FADM Spry took over as Commander in December 2020. RADM Beng and FADM Spry reaffirmed the strong and long-standing bilateral relationship that both our navies had built upon generations of people-to-people ties across all levels. Both navy chiefs also discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation and enhance interoperability between the RSN and RBN.
06 Oct 20
Enhanced Interoperability and Mutual Understanding
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and Chief of Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, RADM David Proctor met over a video teleconference today. The two navy chiefs reaffirmed the close and long-standing bilateral relationship and committed to strengthening cooperation between the two navies.
In addition to multilateral exercises like the recent Rim of the Pacific Exercise, both navies engage in regular interactions through professional exchanges as part of the Five Power Defence Arrangements, ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting-Plus and Western Pacific Naval Symposium. These interactions have enhanced the interoperability and mutual understanding between the personnel of both navies.
25 Sep 20
Participation in Leadership Engagement
"As we cope with the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential for navies to find a way to increase interactions and collaboration." – RADM Aaron Beng, Chief of Navy
Earlier today, RADM Beng had the opportunity to participate in the US Pacific Fleet Multilateral Virtual Key Leadership Engagement with 13 of his counterparts from across the region. The various navy chiefs shared on how navies could continue operating in the current COVID-19 environment. They also reaffirmed the importance of maintaining such dialogues to facilitate mutual understanding, at a time when physical interactions are much curtailed.
23 Sep 20
Reaffirming Longstanding and Close RSN-FN Ties
Our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and French Navy Chief of Staff ADM Pierre Vandier spoke over a video conference today. RADM Beng and ADM Vandier reaffirmed the longstanding and close RSN-FN ties, and their desire for both navies to continue to work closely to promote a maritime rules-based order, and deepen maritime security cooperation. They also shared their mutual interest in strengthening cooperation and interoperability between the two navies, through more exercises at sea.
Both navies conduct regular interactions, in the form of bilateral exercises, PASSEXes, cross-exchange of visits at both the senior and junior levels.
13 Aug 20
Reaffirming Ties with Royal Brunei Navy
This morning, our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and the Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy, FADM Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Othman, met over a video teleconference. They reaffirmed the strong relationship between the two navies, which was built through professional interactions and personal friendships. RADM Beng and FADM Dato Othman were glad that both navies continued to strengthen interoperability through the bilateral Exercise Pelican held in July. Both navy chiefs also committed to continue pushing boundaries of Exercise Pelican, expand areas of cooperation, and looked forward to mutual visits once the situation allows.
21 Jul 20
Continuing Friendships and Growing Cooperation
Our Chief of Navy, RADM Aaron Beng and the Chief of the Indonesian Coast Guard (KABAKAMLA), VADM Aan Kurnia renewed their friendship through a fruitful video teleconference call this afternoon. Also in the call was Commander of the Maritime Security (MARSEC) Command, RADM Yong Wei Hsiung. The strong operational linkages established between MARSEC Command and BAKAMLA over the years have enabled both agencies to work closely to ensure regional maritime security. This relationship will be strengthened through links between our Navy's Information Fusion Centre and the BAKAMLA's new Indonesian Maritime Information Centre (IMIC). RADM Beng also congratulated VADM Aan on the upcoming launch of the new centre on 22 Jul.
06 Jul 20
Strengthening Close Ties with Indonesian Navy
This afternoon, our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and the Chief of the Indonesian Navy (KASAL) ADM Yudo Margono met for the first time over a video tele-conference. RADM Beng and ADM Yudo affirmed the strong and long-standing relationship between the navies – the RSN did our very first bilateral exercise with the TNI AL way back in 1974! Both navies continue to work closely even today, including information sharing and cooperation on maritime security to keep the Singapore Strait safe and secure. Underlying this are generations of people-to-people ties between personnel of all levels across both navies.
Both navy chiefs agreed on the importance for our navies to maintain strong ties, continue expanding our cooperation and looked forward to mutual visits in the near future.
03 Jul 20
Forging Long-Standing Friendships
It is this long-standing friendship between GUSKAMLA KOARMADA I and MARSEC Command that has strengthened our operational linkages over the years. The enhanced information sharing between the two commands on maritime incidents serves as a shining example of this.
This afternoon, Deputy Commander MARSEC Command COL Sean Wat and DAN GUSKAMLA KOARMADA I FADM Yayan Sofiyan continued to build upon this relationship via a teleconferencing meeting, where they had a fruitful discussion on maritime security (MARSEC) matters such as the recent sea robbery incidents, and committed to strengthening our MARSEC cooperation even amid COVID-19.
29 Jun 20
Staying Committed to Bilateral Relations Amidst COVID-19
Earlier today, our Chief of Navy RADM Aaron Beng and the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy ADM Tan Sri Mohd Reza bin Mohd Sany shared a fruitful teleconversation. Both navy chiefs reaffirmed our close and long-standing bilateral relations, as well as our commitment to key multilateral architecture such as the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA).