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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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).