The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) conducted a contactless passage exercise (PASSEX) with the Royal Navy’s (RN) Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group on July 26, 2021, which included aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, frigates HMS Kent and HNLMS Evertsen, destroyer USS The Sullivans, and replenishment tanker RFA Tidespring, according to the Singapore Defence Ministry.
During PASSEX, RSN’s frigate RSS Intrepid, littoral mission vessel RSS Unity, and landing ship tank RSS Resolution conducted a series of communication and manoeuvring exercises in international waters in the South China Sea’s southern reaches. Furthermore, RSS Intrepid participated in a replenishment-at-sea drill with RFA Tidespring.
The RSN holds regular PASSEXes with foreign navies in order to improve mutual understanding and strengthen relationships with other navies. These professional interactions at sea have allowed the RSN to maintain strong ties with our navy counterparts, particularly in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
This is the first deployment of the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group to the Asia-Pacific region. On July 26, 2021, the Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group crossed the Singapore Strait. The RFA Tidespring also visited Singapore from July 23 to July 25, 2021, to perform contactless replenishment.
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