SITMEX 2020: India, Singapore, Thailand Naval Exercise Begins

New Delhi: A trilateral naval exercise between India, Singapore, and Thailand commenced in the Andaman Sea on Saturday. The two-day long exercise, SITMEX-2020, is scheduled in a “non-contact, at sea only format”, in wake of the COVID-19 restrictions.

The Indian Navy is represented by two indigenous warships — an ASW corvette, INS Kamorta, and a guided Missile corvette, INS Karmuk. The force would also include the ships’ integral air assets.

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) is represented by RSS Intrepid, a formidable class stealth frigate, and RSS Endeavour, an Endurance class landing platform dock. The Thailand Navy is being represented by HTMS Kraburi, a Chao Phraya class frigate.

The exercise is envisaged to see greater cooperation in the coming years with the participation of advanced platforms in complex exercises spanning over the entire spectrum of warfare at sea. On conclusion of SITMEX, participating ships from RSN will exercise with the Indian Navy as part of SIMBEX 20, in the Bay of Bengal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his keynote address at Shangri-La Dialogue in June 2018, announced the conduct of a trilateral naval exercise between India, Singapore, and Thailand.