INDIA-INDONESIA COORDINATED PATROL

CONTEXT:
Recently, the 35 edition of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy has been conducted.

MAIN POINTS:

  • 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.

IND-INDO CORPAT:
To reinforce maritime links, the two navies have been carrying out CORPAT along their International Maritime Boundary Line since 2002.

AIM:
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.

Participants in 35 Edition:
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kulish – an indigenously built missile corvette and P8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) undertook coordinated patrol along with Indonesian ships.

Significance:
The 35 IND-INDO CORPAT will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidat interoperability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the Indo-Pacific.

Other Military Exercises with Indonesia:

  1. Samudra Shakti: A bilateral maritime exercise.
  2. Garuda Shakti: A joint military exercise.

SOURCE: PIB

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