India and Singapore signed a bilateral pact in New Delhi on 29 November that provides their respective navies access to each other’s bases.
The ‘India-Singapore Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation’ is designed to increase temporary deployments from both navies and enhance mutual logistics support, according to a statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB).
The deal was sealed during a Defence Ministers Dialogue between India’s Nirmala Sitharaman and Singapore’s Ng Eng Hen, which took place some two years after the two countries had signed a revised Defence Cooperation Agreement to enhance military ties.
At the recent signing ceremony Ng said Singapore would encourage more Indian warships to come to its shores as it would help further secure the sea lanes of communication in the Andaman Sea and the Strait of Malacca.
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