Indian, Indonesian Navies Strengthen Bonds
The 24th edition of Indian–Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) was conducted from 09 to 30 September 2014.
The Indian Navy have been carrying out coordinated patrolling twice a year since 2002 near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) to keep this part of the Indian Ocean region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade.
The aim of the co-ordinated exercise is to enhance mutual understanding and inter-operability between the navies, prosecute vessels engaged in unlawful activities, conduct SAR and take measures against sea pollution.
The Indonesian Navy was represented by KRI Pattimura and Maritime Patrol aircraft CN 235 while INS Kesari (with Chetak integral helicopter) and one IN Dornier participated from the Indian Navy.
The closing ceremony was conducted in Headquarters Naval Component on 29 September 2014.
Press Release, October 02, 2014; Image: Indian Navy