SITMEX-20: What is Trilateral Maritime Exercise between India, Singapore and Thailand?

SITMEX-20 is a two days maritime drill between India-Singapore-Thailand that aims to strengthen relations amongst the three nations.
Created On: Nov 24, 2020 12:21 IST
Modified On: Nov 24, 2020 16:27 IST
SITMEX-20
SITMEX-20

From 21 to 22 November 2020, Indian Navy Ships including indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) corvette INS Kamorta and missile corvette INS Karmuk participated in the second edition of India, Singapore and Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise SITMEX-20. 

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the two days maritime drill was conducted as a 'non-contact, at sea only' and was concluded in the Andaman Sea. 

What is Mission Sagar-II?

Key Highlights: 

1- The 2020 edition of the trilateral maritime exercise was hosted by Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

2- RSN was represented by the ‘Formidable’ Class frigate ‘Intrepid’ and ‘Endurance’ Class Landing Ship Tank ‘Endeavour’ in the maritime drill.

3- RTN was represented by the ‘Chao Phraya’ Class frigate ‘Kraburi’ in the naval exercise.

4- The maritime drill witnessed a variety of exercises including naval manoeuvres, surface warfare exercises and weapon firings.

Background

In June 2018, during his address at Shangri-La Dialogue, Prime Minister Modi announced about the annual trilateral maritime drill between India, Singapore and Thailand.

Shangri-La Dialogue

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue is the premier defence summit of Asia and was launched in the year 2002.

In 2019, the first edition of Singapore-India-Thailand Maritime Exercise (SIMTEX) was hosted by Indian Navy (IN) and was conducted off Port Blair. It is in line with vision SAGAR. 

What is Mission Sagar?

The SIMTEX aims to improve the interoperability between the three Navies-- Indian Navy (IN), Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Royal Thai Navy (RTN). This naval drill also aims to enhance maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Other Naval Exercises

1- Military Exercises between India and Thailand

MAITREE (Army)

SIAM BHARAT (Air Force)

Indo-Thai CORPAT (Navy)

2- Military Exercises between India and Singapore

Bold Kurukshetra (Army)

Joint Military Training (Air Force)

SIMBEX (Navy)

The 27th edition of  India - Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise (SIMBEX) is underway and will be concluded by 25 November 2020  in the Andaman Sea. SIMBEX-20 is hosted by Indian Navy (IN) and has been conducted annually since 1994. 

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