Indian Navy (IN) hosts SIMBEX-20 and SITMEX-20 in the Andaman Sea as ‘non-contact , at sea only’

Issue: 6-2020

SIMBEX-20. IN ships including destroyer Rana and indigenously built corvettes Kamorta and Karmuk, IN submarine Sindhuraj and P8-I maritime reconnaissance aircraft took part in India - Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise SIMBEX-20 from November 23-25, 2020. The SIMBEX series of exercises between IN and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), being conducted annually since 1994, are aimed at enhancing mutual inter-operability and imbibing best practices from each other. RSN was represented by the ‘Formidable’ Class frigates ‘Intrepid’ and ‘Steadfast’ with integral S-70B helicopter and ‘Endurance’ Class Landing Ship Tank ‘Endeavour’ in the exercise.

SITMEX-20. IN Ships including ASW corvette Kamorta and missile corvette Karmuk participated in the 2nd edition of India, Singapore and Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise SITMEX-20, from November 21-22, 2020. The SITMEX series of exercises are conducted to enhance mutual inter-operability and imbibing best practices between IN, RSN and Royal Thai Navy (RTN). The 2020 edition of the exercise is being hosted by RSN. RSN is being represented by the ‘Formidable’ Class frigate ‘Intrepid’ and ‘Endurance’ Class Landing Ship Tank ‘Endeavour’ and RTN by the ‘Chao Phraya’ Class frigate ‘Kraburi’ in the exercise. The two days of maritime drills will witness the three navies participate in a variety of exercises including naval manoeuvres, surface warfare exercises and weapon firings.