Recently, 31st edition of Coordinated Patrols or CORPAT held between India and Thailand, with the aim of reinforcing maritime links between the countries and to keep Indian Ocean safe and secure for international trade.
This is the first biannual exercise in which Saryu, an indigenously built Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel called Saryu from Indian Navy and His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Krabi along with Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies are participating.
The biannual exercise “Coordinated Patrols” builds up understanding and interoperability between both the two navies. It facilitates institution of measures to prevent & suppress unlawful activities such as Illegal Unreported Unregulated fishing, maritime terrorism, drug trafficking, armed robbery and piracy. It also helps in enhancing operational synergy by exchanging information to prevent smuggling, illegal immigration and to conduct SAR operations at sea.
Under the India’s SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) vision the Indian Navy has been proactively engaging through bilateral & multilateral exercises, joint exclusive economic zone surveillance & humanitarian assistance & disaster relief operations and economic zone surveillance with countries in Indian Ocean Region to enhance regional maritime security.
India and Thailand Bilateral relation
India and Thailand share friendly ties as both are members of Bay of Bengal grouping of 7 countries which brings South Asian, Thailand and Myanmar from South East Asia under single platform.
India & Thailand hold CORPAT Exercise India & Thailand hold CORPAT Exercise