A maiden trilateral exercise, involving Republic of Singapore Navy
(RSN), Royal Thailand Navy (RTN) and Indian Navy (IN) has commenced at Port
Blair on 16 September 2019.
Five-day-long exercise to strengthen the mutual
confidence amongst three navies in terms of interoperability
The five-day-long exercise is aimed at bolstering the maritime
inter-relationships amongst Singapore Thailand and India, and contributes
significantly to enhancing the overall maritime security in the region. This
would also strengthen the mutual confidence amongst three navies in terms of
interoperability and development of a common understanding of procedures.
Vessels in this exercise
Under the ambit of this exercise, RSN Tenacious, a Formidable-class
guided missile stealth frigate and His Majesty's Thailand Ship (HTMS) Kraburi,
a Guided Missile Frigate would be exercising with 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.
The harbour phase at Port Blair
During the harbour phase
scheduled at Port Blair, professional exchanges, sports fixtures and cross deck
familiarisation visits would be organised. The sea phase scheduled from 18
September to 20 September 19, a host of surface and air operations involving
Gunnery, Force Protection Measures and Communication drills would be conducted
providing experience gaining and learning from each other's best practices.
Besides fostering 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, says a release.
Planning Conferences to discuss modalities of the
The Initial Planning Conference (IPC) to discuss the modalities of the
exercise was held in May and the Final Planning Conference (FPC) was held in
August. Malaysia has also evinced interest in joining the exercise.