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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The 38th edition of the IndiaIndonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy is being conducted from June 13 to 24.

The Indian Naval Ship INS Karmuk, an indigenously built missile corvette based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command, along with a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, is participating in the CORPAT while the Indonesian Navy is being represented by KRI Cut Nyak Dien, a Kapitan Pattimura (PARCHIM I) class corvette.

Maritime interaction between India and Indonesia has expanded substantially with frequent port visits, participation in bilateral and multilateral exercises and training exchanges. Under the broad ambit of this strong maritime relationship, the two navies have been carrying out CORPATs along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) every 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 also strengthened understanding and interoperability between the navies and facilitated institutional measures to prevent unlawful activities at sea as well as conduct Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.

The current edition of the IND-INDO CORPAT commenced on June 13 with the arrival of KRI Cut Nyak Dien at Port Blair on the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The opening ceremony was conducted on June 14 under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

The Indonesian warship during its three-day port call at Port Blair, participated in multiple activities including professional discussions, a pre-sail conference and various sports fixtures. The sea phase for the 38th edition of CORPAT was undertaken on June 21 and 22 along the IMBL in the Andaman Sea.