INS Karmuk engaged in Indo-Thai joint patrol
Bengaluru: Indian Navy’s home-grown Missile Corvette INS Karmuk and maritime patrol aircraft Dornier are currently engaged in the 22nd Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol exercise codenamed, CORPAT.
According to Navy Spokesperson, CORPAT began on April 19 would conclude on April 27 in the Andaman Sea.
This edition of CORPAT has one warship and one maritime patrol aircraft from both sides. Navy plans to hold the closing ceremony at Port Blair, the Headquarters Andaman and Nicobar Command (HQANC).
“Maritime interaction between India and Thailand has been growing steadily with frequent port visits, participation in 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) twice a year since 2005, with the aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade,” says the spokesperson.
CORPAT has strengthened understanding and interoperability between the navies and facilitated institution of measures to prevent unlawful activities at sea as well as conduct Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.
Navy hopes that this edition of CORPAT would bolster the bilateral relationship further.
“India and Thailand have traditionally enjoyed a close and friendly relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions, which have strengthened over the years,” says the spokesperson.
During the closing ceremony of CORPAT to be held from April 25-27, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, and Rear Admiral Warongkorn Osathanonda, Commander, Phangnga Naval Base, 3rd Naval Area Command, of the Royal Thailand Navy would be among the senior officers to be present.