The 37th edition of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (India-Indonesia CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy is being conducted.
- It will witness participation of Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both Nations.
- It highlights the mutual trust, synergy and cooperation between the two friendly Navies.
- To reinforce maritime links, the two navies have been carrying out CORPAT along their International Maritime Boundary Line twice in a year since 2002
- It is aimed at keeping the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping, international trade and conduct of legitimate maritime activities.
- CORPATs help build 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