36th Edition of India – Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT)

36th Edition of India – Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT)

Recently, the 36th edition of the ‘India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (India-Indonesia CORPAT)’ between the navies of India and Indonesia has been concluded.

Naval Exercises:

  • Since 2002, India and Indonesia have been conducting coordinated patrols along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice a year to strengthen maritime cooperation.
  • Indian Naval Ship (INS) Saryu, an indigenously built offshore patrol vessel, is participating in the 36th edition of the Indo-Pacific with maritime patrol aircraft.

Purpose:

  • Providing security to shipping and international trade in the region.
  • CORPAT exercises help develop understanding and interoperability among navies, as well as prevent illegal, unaccounted and unregulated fishing, drug smuggling, maritime terrorism, armed robbery, and facilitate the creation of institutional frameworks to prevent activities such as piracy.

In line with SAGAR mission:

  • Through SAGAR, India seeks to deepen economic and security cooperation with its maritime neighbors and assist in building their maritime security capabilities. For this, India would cooperate on the exchange of information, coastal surveillance, building of infrastructure and strengthening their capabilities.
  • Its main objective is to strengthen regional maritime security.

Other military exercises with Indonesia:

  • Samudra Shakti: A bilateral maritime exercise.
  • Garuda Shakti: A joint military exercise.

Source – The Hindu

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