India, Singapore and Thailand carry out naval drill in Andaman


India, Singapore and Thailand carry out joint naval exercise in Andaman Sea to imbibe best practices adopted by each country.

“Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette is participating in the 3rd edition of India, Singapore and Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise SITMEX – 21, from November 15 to November 16, 2021 in Andaman Sea,” the Indian Navy said in a statement.

Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) is being represented by RSS Tenacious, a Formidable Class Frigate and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) by His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Thayanchon, a Khamrosin Class Anti-submarine Patrol Craft.

SITMEX is being conducted annually since 2019 with an aim to enhance mutual inter-operability and imbibing best practices between Indian Navy, Singapore Navy and Thai Navy.

The maiden edition of SITMEX was hosted by Indian Navy off Port Blair in September 2019. Singapore Navy hosted the second edition of the exercise in November 2020. The 2021 edition of the exercise is being hosted by Thai Navy in Andaman Sea.

The exercise is being conducted as a ‘non-contact, at sea only’ exercise in view of Covid-19 restrictions and highlights growing synergy, coordination and cooperation in the maritime domain between the three friendly navies.

The two days of maritime drills will witness the three navies engaged in a various tactical exercises including naval manoeuvres and surface warfare drills.

“The drill will fortify the long-standing bond of friendship and further enhance the cooperation between the participating navies towards augmenting the overall maritime security in the region,” said Indian Navy.