15 May 2019
International Navies Gather at IMDEX to Strengthen Friendship and Enhance Maritime Cooperation
1. Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr
Heng Chee How was the Guest of Honour at the international warship cocktail
reception held at RSS Singapura –
Changi Naval Base this evening. Mr Heng joined navy chiefs, coast guard
directors-general and representatives from more than 40 countries for the
reception on board the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Endurance-class Landing Ship Tank RSS Persistence.
2. Speaking at the event, Mr Heng
underscored the importance of bringing maritime stakeholders together to build
mutual understanding and to strengthen friendships for better communication.
He said, “We are
facing many kinds of tensions in the world today, and the best way to achieve
stability and to overcome some of the potential risks brought about by this
tension is to do our best to strengthen multilateral platforms and multilateral
understanding…It is in the exchange of views that you achieve better mutual
understanding, and I think that continues to be one of the value-add of a
conference and an exhibition such as IMDEX.”
3. Mr Heng observed cultural performances
by the various navies during the cocktail reception. He also witnessed the
sunset ceremony, a naval tradition during which sailors mark the end of a day.
Mr Heng was accompanied by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong and other
officials from the Ministry of Defence and Singapore Armed Forces.
4. The international warship cocktail reception
was held as part of the 12th International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX)
Asia 2019. Earlier today, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for
National Security Mr Teo Chee Hean, Mr Heng, and other senior officials from
the Ministry of Defence and Singapore Armed Forces visited
various foreign warships berthed at RSS Singapura
– Changi Naval Base.