Thailand, Singapore join for naval exercise

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The Royal Thai Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy are participating in the SingSiam Naval Exercise through Dec. 17.

Thai Rear Adm. Ratsadang Theeranet dispatched Frigate Squadron 2 from the Sattahip Naval Base Nov. 21 for the exercise, which began the next day.

The squadron is under the command of Capt. Weesanu Sawangwongmai. The anti-submarine warfare group is commanded by Cmdr. Srayuth Nuteeprathum.

Rear Adm. Ratsadang Theeranet dispatches Frigate Squadron 2 from the Sattahip Naval Base for the SingSiam Naval Exercises.Rear Adm. Ratsadang Theeranet dispatches Frigate Squadron 2 from the Sattahip Naval Base for the SingSiam Naval Exercises.

Ratsadang said SingSiam allows Thai forces to improve their strength and training, including how to detect submarines, battle on the surface and defend air attacks. It also teaches the crews to cooperate with foreign allies.

The naval exercise, which traditionally was run every two years, resumed this year after a three-year hiatus. The 17th in the series, SingSiam has expanded in scope and complexity over the years. It has evolved from conventional naval warfare exercises to exercises incorporating maritime security scenarios.