The 36th edition of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (India-Indonesia CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy is being conducted.
- To reinforce maritime links, the two navies have been carrying out CORPAT along their International Maritime Boundary Line since 2002.
- Indian Naval Ship (INS) Saryu, an indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel is participating in the 36th edition along with Maritime Patrol Aircraft, to forge strong bonds of friendship across the Indo Pacific.
- Ensuring safety and security of shipping and international trade in the region.
- CORPATs build up understanding and interoperability between navies and facilitate institution of measures to prevent and suppress Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery and piracy.
- As part of Government of India’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has been proactively engaging with countries in the Indian Ocean Region for coordinated patrols, cooperation in Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, passage exercises and bilateral/multilateral exercises.
- The main objective is towards enhancing regional maritime security.
SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT