Chinese missile frigate Yulin docks at Singapore's Changi Naval Base, on May 19, 2015. A Chinese navy warship has left southern China's Guangdong province for Singapore for military exercises, the Ministry of National Defense said. (Xinhua/Bao Xuelin)
Chinese missile frigate Yulin participated in IMDEX Asia 2015, which is opened by Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday.
As Asia Pacific's premier international maritime defence show, the biennial event comprises warships display, exhibition, as well as comprehensive strategic and technical conference programs from Tuesday to Thursday.
A stellar line-up of 20 warships from 12 countries participated in this year's show. Chinese missile frigate Yulin joined in warships display, and will participate in a multilateral naval exercise hosted by the Western Pacific Naval Symposium, as well as a joint Sino-Singapore maritime drill.
Commander of the Chinese fleet, Rear Adm. Shen Jinlong, said, " China's participation in IMDEX Asia aims to show Chinese Navy's commitment in safeguarding regional and world peace, to strengthen mutual trust and enhance pragmatic cooperation with other navies."
This year's IMDEX Asia is set to deliver greater depth and breadth of the industry's latest insights, trends and technologies to its participants. More than 180 exhibiting companies from 28 countries showcase innovations featured key trends and developments in the industry. It estimated that 67 percent of exhibitors return from previous editions, as well as a cross- section of new exhibitors joining the show.
According to AMI International, countries in the Asia Pacific region are expected to spend around 200 billion U.S. dollars on new ships and submarines by 2031. This is in-line with their economic growth and their procurement program to better equip their forces.
IMDEX Asia 2015 also features a series of strategic and technical conference, which enable participants to keep abreast of the latest developments in the naval and maritime security industry and address challenges facing its future. For the first time, the 15th Asia Pacific Submarine Conference (APSC) will be held in conjunction with IMDEX Asia.
It has been the 10th IMDEX Asia since its launch in 1997. The show brings together the largest gathering of high-level delegations, comprising military and government officials, as well as leading industry players in the region and beyond, to co-create solutions and update themselves on the latest trends and technologies.