Port Blair, June 8: The 31st edition of India Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy (IN) and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is being conducted from 09 to 11 Jun 21. Indian Naval Ship Saryu, an indigenously built Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel and His Thai Majesty’s Ship (HTMS) Krabi along with Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both the navies are participating in the exercise.

As part of Government of India’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has been proactively operating with the countries in the Indian Ocean Region for Coordinated Patrols, cooperation in EEZ surveillance, Passage exercise and other bilateral and multilateral exercises towards enhancing regional maritime security. India and Thailand have especially enjoyed a close and friendly relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interaction which have strengthened over the years.

To reinforce our close relations and maritime links, IN ships and aircraft of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) have been participating in the biannual Coordinated Patrol with Royal Thai Navy since 2005, with the aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade.

CORPATs enable improved understanding and interoperability between the two navies and facilitate the institution of measures to prevent Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery, piracy and illegal immigration. The exercise also facilitates exchange of information towards maintaining good order at sea and reinforce the resolve of both the nations to enhance strong bilateral ties and maritime cooperation.