The 4th ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (SDMM-Plus) Maritime Security Field Training Exercise(MS FTX)in the South China Sea concluded at Changi Naval Base in Singapore on Sunday,
Singapore’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise held from April 30 to May 13 2019. It was held two phases. The Phase 1 of ADMM-Plus MS FTX Was scheduled for 1st May to 3rd May and its Phase 2 was scheduled from 9th May to 12th May. The Exercise began on 30th April in Busan, South Korea and concluded in Singapore.
The ADMM-Plus comprises of 10 ASEAN countries ( Jakarta, Indonesia includes Thailand, Brunei, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Singapore, Combodia, Malasia and Phillipines) and other 8 countries which are Australia,Japan,China,United Nations,New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and India.
This is the 4th Maritime Security Field Training Exercise that involved 10 aircraft and 19 ships with about 700 personnel from the 18 ADMM-Plus countries. It was conducted under the ambit of the ADMM Plus.
During the exercise,Participants conducted a series of professional exchanges ashore, as well as maritime drills in the waters off Republic of Korea (ROK) and Singapore. For building confidence and practicle cooperation several maritime security drills such as, sharing information t track vessels-of-interest,practicing the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea,boarding operations and protection of key installations, conducted helicopter cross-deck landings and replenishment at sea drills as they sailed as they sailed.
On completion of Phase II, Some of the exercise participants, including US Navy destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) and India’s INS Kolkata and INS Shakti are scheduled to participate in the International Maritime Defense Exposition (IMDEX) 2019 in Singapore May 14 to May 16.