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A trilateral naval exercise involving India, Singapore and Thailand recently took place in the Andaman Sea. The two-day long exercise, SITMEX-2020, was scheduled in a "non-contact, at sea only format", in wake of the COVID-19 restrictions.

•    Indian Prime Minister, during his keynote address at Shangri-La Dialogue in June 2018, announced the conduct of a trilateral naval exercise between India, Singapore, and Thailand.
•    The maiden edition of the exercise was conducted off Andaman and Nicobar Islands in September 2019 with the harbour phase conducted at Port Blair and a sea phase in the Andaman Sea spanning over five days.

    The SITMEX series of exercises are conducted to enhance mutual inter-operability and imbibing best practices between IN, Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Royal Thai Navy (RTN).
    The 2020 edition of the exercise was hosted by RSN.
    The Indian Navy is represented by two indigenous warships -- an ASW corvette, INS Kamorta, and a guided Missile corvette, INS Karmuk. The force would also include the ships' integral air assets.
    The primary aim of the exercise was to further consolidate interoperability between the three navies and also enhance understanding, sharing best practices and procedures for multi-faceted maritime operations.
    This edition of the exercise involved a war-at-sea exercise, naval manoeuvres, weapon firing on the surface and aerial targets, seamanship evolutions, and coordinated navigation operations.

    The exercise despite the challenging times posed by the pandemic is a direct testimony to India's long-standing friendship with Singapore and Thailand with special emphasis on strong military cooperation in the Maritime domain.
    The exercise was envisaged to see greater cooperation in the coming years with the participation of advanced platforms in complex exercises spanning over the entire spectrum of warfare at sea.
    On conclusion of SITMEX, participating ships from RSN will exercise with the Indian Navy as part of SIMBEX 20, in the Bay of Bengal.

Malabar Exercise, SIMBEX, MILAN, ADMM+ exercise