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SITMEX-19: Trilateral Exercise between India- Singapore-Thailand begins

SITMEX-19 is five days of maritime exercise that aims to strengthen relations between all three countries.

Sep 20, 2019 10:39 IST
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A trilateral maritime exercise between India- Singapore-Thailand (SITMEX-19) has been started with its sea phase in the Andaman Sea. SITMEX-19 is being organized between Indian Navy, Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

This five days of maritime exercise aims to strengthen relations between all three countries. This maritime exercise will enhance the capability and cooperation between India, Singapore and Thailand.

Key Highlights

• Indian Navy’s Ships Ranvir, a Missile Corvette, Sumedha, a Guided Missile Destroyer, Kora,  and an offshore Patrol Vessel are participating in the exercise. 
• Apart from that a Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8I are jointly exercising with RSS Tenacious, a Guided Missile Frigate and engaged in various Gunnery are also participating in the event. 
• Army personnel will learn about the Force Protection Measures. Some Air Defence and Communication Exercises will also be taken place to enhance maritime interoperability between the participating navies. 
• Participating ships have also been exchanged to provide experience sharing of best practices.

Participants from other countries

As part of this trilateral exercise, the Singapore Navy's Guided Missile Stealth Frigate ASN Tenesus, Thailand's Guided Missile Frigate HTMS Kraburi has been launched along with Indian Navy ships.

Benefits

This maritime exercise will not only promote cooperation between the three navies, but also the spirit of cooperation for stronger maritime security will increase. This exercise will increase mutual trust and understanding between the three navies and will help in better understanding each other's maritime operations.

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