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SITMEX

  • 17 Sep 2019
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The inaugural trilateral exercise, involving the Indian Navy (IN), the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), and the Royal Thailand Navy (RTN), recently commenced at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar.

  • SITMEX-2019 is five days long exercise.
  • The exercise includes two phases:
    • The harbour phase wherein professional exchanges, sports fixtures, and cross-deck familiarization visits would be organized.
    • During the sea phase, a host of surface and air operations involving gunnery, force protection measures, and communication drills, would be conducted for experience gaining and learning each other's best practices.
  • From the Indian side, Indian Naval Ships
    • Ranvir- a guided-missile destroyer,
    • Kora- a missile corvette, and
    • Sukanya- an offshore patrol vessel, along with
    • P8I- long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft, will participate in this exercise.
  • It is aimed at strengthening the maritime inter-relationship (in terms of interoperability) amongst Singapore, Thailand, and India, and significantly contributes to enhancing the overall maritime security in the region. 
  • Besides reinforcing the co-operation, the maiden IN-RSN-RTN Trilateral exercise would provide an opportunity to participating navies to come together in a spirit of collaboration to nurture stronger ties.
  • The Indian Army and Royal Thailand Army (RTA) joint Military Exercise MAITREE-2019 is being held in Meghalaya from Sept 16-29, 2019.
  • SIMBEX is the annual Maritime Bilateral Exercise between India and Singapore.

Source: PIB

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