|COL Edwin Leong, Commanding Officer of the RSN’s Missile Corvette Squadron, and RADM Sittiporn Maskasem, Commanding Officer of the RTN’s Frigate Squadron Two, co-officiating the opening ceremony of Exercise Singsiam at Changi Naval Base.|
Following a shore planning phase at Changi Naval Base, the two navies conducted a sea phase in the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea. 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 participated in the exercise. The RTN deployed 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. The exercise will conclude with a closing ceremony in Phuket on 12 November 2015.
Naval ships from the RSN and the RTN exercising alongside each other during the sea phase of Exercise Singsiam.
Exercise Singsiam, the 18th in its series, has expanded in scope and complexity over the years to include anti-air and anti-submarine warfare serials. The exercise underscores the close and long-standing defence ties between Singapore and Thailand, and has enhanced mutual understanding and interoperability between the two navies.