Singapore, India and Thailand Conclude Trilateral Maritime Exercise SITMEX 2020

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Indian Navy (IN) and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted the 2nd Singapore-India-Thailand Maritime Exercise (SITMEX) from 21 to 22 November 2020 in the Andaman Sea.

The RSN participated with the Formidable-class frigate RSS Intrepid (69) and the Endurance-class landing ship tank RSS Endeavour (210), the IN deployed the Kamorta-class ASW corvette INS Kamorta (P28) and the Kora-class corvette INS Karmuk (P64), and the RTN sent the Chao Phraya-class frigate HTMS Kraburi (457).

As the host for the exercise this year, the RSN led the conduct of the at-sea only exercise. The participating ships executed gunnery and small arms firings, manoeuvring drills, communications exercises, and naval warfare serials. This year’s exercise was planned virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, and there was no physical contact between personnel of the participating navies during the exercise.

Commander of the exercise task group and commanding officer of RSS Intrepid, Lieutenant Colonel Oh Zongbo, highlighted the importance of navies to continue to engage one another amidst COVID-19 challenges.

He said, “SITMEX serves as a useful exercise for the three like-minded navies to enhance our inter-operability in maritime operations. The ability to execute and conduct these operations together is a testament to the long-standing ties and trust that we have established with one another.”

The first edition of SITMEX, hosted by Indian Navy, was conducted off Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 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.

Exercise SITMEX 2020
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Indian Navy (IN) and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) warships conducting maneuvering drills during SITMEX 2020. The ships pictured are (front to back) IN’s Kora-class corvette INS Karmuk (P64), Kamorta-class corvette INS Kamorta (P28), RTN’s Chao Phraya-class frigate HTMS Kraburi (457) and RSN’s Formidable-class frigate RSS Intrepid (69). Photo via RSN.

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