India, Bangladesh start first coordinated patrol

The navies of India and Bangladesh kicked off their first ever coordinated patrol (IN-BN CORPAT) from the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong on June 25.

Photo: Indian Navy

The Indian Navy sent frigate INS Satpura and corvette INS Kadmatt to take part in the patrol.

Bangladesh contributed frigate Abu Bakr and corvette Dhaleshwari, while both navies also sent maritime patrol aircraft.

The maiden CORPAT was officially inaugurated by Indian Navy Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff on June 27. The CORPAT will also be instituted as an annual feature between the navies of both countries.

A joint planning meeting with commanding officers of the participating ships and CSO to Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla was conducted at Chittagong.

As part of cross visits, 46 sailors and seven officers from IN ships visited BNS Shaheed Mozzam and were briefed about the training facilities. Indian Navy personnel also visited BNS Bangabandhu and Bangladesh Naval Academy. In addition, trainees from Bangladesh Naval Academy visited the IN ships.