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Singapore, India and Thailand Conclude Trilateral Maritime Exercise
1. 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 and
the Endurance-class landing ship tank RSS Endeavour, the IN
deployed the Kamorta-class corvette INS Kamorta and the Kora-class
corvette INS Karmuk, and the RTN sent the Chao Phraya-class
frigate HTMS Kraburi.
2. 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.
3. 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.”
4. The crew of RSS Intrepid and RSS Endeavour were isolated
and tested negative for COVID-19 prior to deployment.