Maiden Indian Navy – Royal Thai Navy Bilateral Exercise

Jan 16, 2024: In December 2023, the Indian Navy (IN) and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted their first-ever Bilateral Maritime Exercise. It lasted for four days, from the 20th to the 23rd of December.

Who Participated?

The Indian Navy had two of its own ships, the Kulish and IN LCU 56, taking part in the exercise. On the other side, the Royal Thai Navy was represented by their ship called HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan. Additionally, both navies also conducted the 36th edition of the India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) at the same time. They even had Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies joining in the Sea Phase of the exercise.

What Did They Do?

During the exercise, the participating units from both navies carried out various activities. They practiced surface and anti-air exercises, which included firing weapons, performing seamanship tasks, and doing tactical maneuvers.

Why Is This Important?

The Indian Navy has been actively working towards enhancing regional maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region. As part of this effort, they have been building strong relationships with other countries in the area. The Indian Navy and Royal Thai Navy have had a close and friendly relationship for many years, and this exercise further strengthens their bond. It also helps improve cooperation and coordination between the two navies.

What’s the Name of the Exercise?

The Bilateral Exercise between the Indian Navy and Royal Thai Navy is called ‘Ex-Ayutthaya’, which literally translates to ‘The Invincible One’ or ‘Undefeatable’. This name represents the significance of two ancient cities, Ayodhya in India and Ayutthaya in Thailand. It symbolizes the rich cultural ties and shared historical narratives between the two countries that date back centuries.

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