Navies of Singapore and Thailand conduct Exercise Singsiam

12 November 2015 (Last Updated November 12th, 2015 18:30)

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has conducted a bilateral naval exercise with the Royal Thai Navy (RTN).

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The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has conducted a bilateral naval exercise with the Royal Thai Navy (RTN).

Held between 2 and 12 November, the Exercise Singsiam involved a Formidable-class frigate RSS Intrepid with an embarked S-70B naval helicopter, a Victory-class missile corvette RSS Vigour and an Archer-class submarine RSS Archer from the RSN.

The capabilities of RTN included a Naresuan-class frigate HTMS Naresuan, a Chao Phraya-class frigate HTMS Saiburi, two S-70B naval helicopters and one Dornier-228 maritime patrol aircraft.

"Both navies will also deploy their naval helicopters jointly, for the first time, to conduct anti-submarine warfare serials."

Speaking at the opening ceremony, RSN Missile Corvette Squadron commanding officer Colonel Edwin Leong said: "For the first time in the history of Exercise Singsiam, we will see the deployment of RSS Archer, which is Singapore's Archer-class submarine.

"Both navies will also deploy their naval helicopters jointly, for the first time, to conduct anti-submarine warfare serials."

During the exercise, the two navies performed a sea phase in the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea after a shore planning phase at Changi Naval Base.

Exercise Singsiam is a biennial exercise that was first held in 1981.

According to the Singapore Government, the exercise, 18th in its series, has expanded in scope and complexity over the years to include anti-air and anti-submarine warfare serials.

The event marks the close and long-standing defence ties between Singapore and Thailand. It has also improved mutual understanding and interoperability between the two navies.

In July, the US Navy, Marine Corps, and the Singapore Armed Forces conducted the 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore exercise.

The exercise was aimed to develop strong maritime partnerships that will support achieving peace and stability in the region.


Image: The navies of Singapore and Thailand conducted anti-submarine warfare serials. Photo: courtesy of the Singapore Government.