11 Oct 2019

SITMEX Exercise- 2019

Source: PIB & India Today

Objective 

To test maritime interoperability between the navies of the three countries in the Indian Ocean Region.

Key highlights

  • Singapore-India-Thailand Maritime Exercise (SITMEX) is the first-ever trilateral exercise involving the Republic of Singapore Navy, the Indian Navy, and the Royal Thai Navy
  • Indian Navy Ships that participated in the exercise are;
    1. Ranvir: A guided-missile destroyer
    2. Kora: A missile corvette
    3. Sukanya: An offshore patrol vessel and 
    4. P8I: Long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft
  • Other deployments by India include the warships RSS Tenacious, a formidable-class guided missile stealth frigate and HTMS Kraburi, a guided missile frigate.
  • The exercise held in two phases i. e., Sea phase, and the Harbour phase
  • The harbour phase of SITMEX-19 culminated at Port Blair and included professional interaction in the form of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges(SMEE), Pre-Sail Conferences which was attended by Command teams and friendly basketball matches between joint teams drawn from participating ships. 
  • A Food Festival was also organized during the harbour phase to showcase delicacies of each participating countries
  • In the Sea phase, it involved maneuvering, navigation, and gunnery drills, along with boarding operations, in the Andaman Sea.