According to an official announcement released on Monday, the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk took part in the third edition of the India, Singapore, and Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise SITMEX-21 in the Andaman Sea.
The indigenously constructed Missile Corvette INS Karmuk is taking part in the trilateral maritime exercise in the Andaman Sea from November 15 to 16.
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) is represented by RSS Tenacious, a Formidable Class Frigate, and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is represented by His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Thayanchon, a Khamrosin Class Anti-submarine Patrol Craft, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Defence.
SITMEX has been held yearly since 2019 with the goal of improving mutual interoperability and instilling best practises among the Indian Navy (IN), Royal Singapore Navy (RSN), and Royal Thai Navy (RTN). IN hosted the first SITMEX in September 2019 off the coast of Port Blair. In November 2020, RSN organised the second edition of the exercise. According to the announcement, RTN will host the 2021 edition of the exercise in the Andaman Sea.
Due to COVID-19 constraints, the exercise will be conducted as a “non-contact, at sea only” exercise. It will emphasise the increasing synergy, coordination, and collaboration among the three friendly nations in the maritime sector. According to the Ministry of Defence, the three fleets will participate in a variety of tactical exercises, including naval manoeuvres and surface warfare manoeuvres, over the course of two days of maritime training.
According to the statement, SITMEX-21 will strengthen the long-standing friendship and collaboration between the participating navies in order to improve the region’s overall maritime security.