The 39th edition of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) has been conducted between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy.
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette participated in the pre-deployment briefing at Belawan, Indonesia.
The CORPAT was executed along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and concluded with a debrief at Port Blair. Along with INS Karmuk, L-58 (indigenously built Landing Craft Utility vessel) and Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft has participated in the CORPAT. KRI Cut Nyak Dien, a Kapitan Pattimura Class Corvette, represented the Indonesian side.
As part of Government of India’s vision SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region), Indian Navy has been proactively engaging with countries in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to enhance maritime security in the region.
India and Indonesia have been carrying out CORPATs twice a year since 2002, with an aim of keeping this vital part of the IOR 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.
It further helps enhance the operational synergy by exchange of information for prevention of smuggling, illegal immigration and for conduct of Search and Rescue (SAR) operations at sea.
India and Indonesia have traditionally enjoyed a close and friendly relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions.
The 39th edition of IND-INDO CORPAT has bolstered maritime cooperation between the two navies and forged strong bonds of friendship between India and Indonesia.