2nd edition of SITMEX-20 held in Andaman Sea

The trilateral Naval exercise between India, Singapore and Thailand called the SITMEX-20 was held in the Andaman sea between November 21 to November 23, 2020. The SITMEX-20 Naval exercise was organized in a “non-contact at sea only format” because of covid-19 restrictions.

About SITMEX-20

  • The primary objective of the trilateral exercise is to increase the interoperability between the navies of the three countries.
  • The exercise also enhances the multifaceted Maritime operations.
  • The 2nd edition of the trilateral exercise is being participated by the Indian Navy Ships including indigenously built ASW corvette Kamorta and missile corvette Karmuk.
  • The two day exercise was started on November 21, 2020 in the Andaman Sea.
  • The 2020 edition of the exercise was hosted by Republic of Singapore Navy.
  • The Republic of Singapore Navy was represented by the ‘Formidable’ Class frigate ‘Intrepid’ and ‘Endurance’ Class Landing Ship Tank ‘Endeavour’. 
  • While the Royal Thai Navy was represented by the ‘Chao Phraya’ Class frigate ‘Kraburi’.
  • The exercise also involved firing of the weapon on the surface, war at sea exercise, coordinated navigation operation and evolution of the seamanship.

 First edition of SITMEX

The first edition of the SITMEX trilateral exercise was hosted by Indian Navy at the Port Blair in September, 2019.

Significance of SITMEX

The SITMEX series of exercises are conducted so as to enhance the mutual inter-operability. The exercise also share the best practices between the Indian Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy and Royal Thai Navy. The exercise highlights the growing synergy, coordination and cooperation between the navies of the three countries in the maritime domain.