India, Singapore and Thailand Kick Off Trilateral Maritime Exercise SITMEX-20

Naval forces of India, Singapore and Thailand kicked off the 2nd edition of Trilateral Maritime Exercise SITMEX-20 on Nov. 21 in Andaman Sea.

The SITMEX series of exercises are conducted to enhance mutual inter-operability and imbibing best practices between Indian Navy (IN), Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Royal Thai Navy (RTN). The 2020 edition of the exercise is being hosted by RSN.

Indian Navy (IN) ships participating in the exercise include indigenously built ASW corvette INS Kamorta and missile corvette INS Karmuk. RSN is being represented by the ‘Formidable’ Class frigate RSS Intrepid and Endurance Class Landing Ship Tank RSS Endeavour and RTN by the Chao Phraya Class frigate HTMS Kraburi in the exercise.

The exercise, being conducted as a ‘non-contact, at sea only’ exercise in view of COVID-19 pandemic, highlights growing synergy, coordination and cooperation in the maritime domain between the three friendly navies and maritime neighbours. The two days of maritime drills will witness the three navies participate in a variety of exercises including naval manoeuvres, surface warfare exercises and weapon firings.

The first edition of SITMEX, hosted by Indian Navy, was conducted off Port Blair in September 2019. Besides improving inter-operability between the friendly navies, SITMEX series of exercise also aim to strengthen mutual confidence and develop common understanding and procedures towards enhancing the overall maritime security in the region.

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