29th edition of CORPAT between India and Indonesia begins at Port Blair

May 10, 2017 16:49 IST

The 29th series of India- Indonesia Co-Ordinated Patrol (CORPAT) commenced on 9 May 2017 at Port Blair under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command.

The Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sutedi Senoputra arrived at Haddo Wharf, Port Blair to mark the commencement of the 29th series of IND–INDO CORPAT. An Indonesian Maritime Patrol Aircraft also flew in with the Indonesian Naval delegation led by First Admiral Bambang Irwanto to INS Utkrosh, Port Blair. First Admiral Bambang Irwanto called on Major General PS Sai, Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command and the delegation also interacted with Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, the Naval Component Commander.

The closing ceremony of the CORPAT is scheduled at Belawan, Indonesia from 22 to 25 May 2017.

Key highlights

The Coordinated Patrol enhances mutual understanding and inter-operability between the navies of the two countries.

It reflects the shared concerns between the two countries for a peaceful Indian Ocean for the benefit of international community.

During the stay at Port Blair from 9 to 12 May 2017, the visiting crew will be engaged in interactions at various strata, including sports fixtures, ship visits, professional interactions and visits to places of historical and tourist interests.

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About Coordinated Patrolling (CORPAT)

The two navies have been carrying out Coordinated Patrolling (CORPAT) along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice a year since 2002 with the aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade.

The CORPAT has strengthened understanding and interoperability between the navies, instituting measures to prosecute vessels engaged in unlawful activities and conducting Search and Rescue as well as pollution control.

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