Above: KD PAHANG, the Royal Malaysian Navy MEKO 100 class frigate and KD LAKSAMANA TAN PUSMAH (ASSAD) Class missile patrol boat at berth in Singapore Naval base for IMDEX.
IMDEX 09 is providing a biannual hub for naval affairs, gathering leading delegations from 35 navies and coastguards from five continents represented at the show and the conference. The top brass comprises about 20 navy chiefs and director-generals of coastguards coming from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay, attending the conference and international maritime exhibition here.
Berthed at the Changi Naval Base are 17 warships from 13 navies, participating in the event as guests of the RSN. Most vessels are open to all trade visitors at the show.
The following vessels are visiting Singapore this week:
Australia: HMAS GLENELG (96) Armidale Class (Patrol Craft)
Bangladesh: BNS TURAG (P 714) ISLAND (CPC)
Brazil: NDCC GARCIA D’AVILA (G 29) SIR GALAHAD
France – FNS Var
India – INS RANVIR (D 54) RAJPUT (KASHIN II) and INS JYOTI (A 58)
Indian Coast Guard – ICGS SANKALP (46) Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel
Indonesia – KRI TODAK (803)
Malaysia – KD PAHANG 172 Kedah (MEKO 100 RMN)
New Zealand – HMNZS TE MANA (F 111) ANZAC (MEKO 200)
Pakistan – PNS NASAR and PNS BADR
Singapore – RSS Formidable and RSS Resolution
Sri Lanka – SLNS Sayura
UK – HMS OCEAN (L 12) Helicopter Carrier and HMS BULWARK (L 15)
Thailand – HTMS SUKHOTHAI (442) RATTANAKOSIN (FSGM)
USA – USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) and USS KIDD (DDG 100) ARLEIGH BURKE class destroyers