Southeast Asian nations conduct anti-terror naval exercise

August 19th, 2008 - 4:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Singapore, Aug 19 (Xinhua) Navies from six Southeast Asian nations, together with the US Navy, are taking part in an annual anti-terror maritime exercise, Singapore’s defence ministry said Tuesday.The Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) exercise, which was first held in 2002, started from last Friday and ends Thursday with navies from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand and the Philippines taking part.

The drill is a series of annual exercises to enhance maritime information-sharing and the coordination of maritime security responses between the several parties, said the defence ministry in a statement.

The Singapore leg of the exercise, from Aug 18 to 20, involves the Navy, police coast guard, Maritime and Port Authority, and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

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