The Thai Guided Missile frigate HTMS Kraburi,
and a Naval Maritime Patrol Dornier aircraft of the 3rd Naval Area
Command, Royal Thailand Navy, arrived at Port Blair today, on September 13 for the closing ceremony of the 28th cycle of
the Indo-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (INDO-THAI CORPAT)." It is part of
the ongoing Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) being undertaken between the two
countries scheduled between 5 to 15 September.
Units of both Indian and Thai Navies undertook Coordinated
Maritime Patrolling in their respective sectors of the International Maritime
Boundary Line during the sea phase of the CORPAT between September sixth and
participating ships and aircraft undertook joint exercises
In addition, the participating ships and aircraft
undertook joint exercises including Ship Boarding operations, Search and Rescue
exercise, coordinated manoeuvres at sea.
The Royal Thai Naval delegation is being led by
Rear Admiral Wittanarat Gajaseni, Deputy Commander, 3 rd Naval Area Command.
Commodore R Vinod Kumar, officiating Naval Component Commander, Andaman and
Nicobar Command, welcomed the delegation.
Indian Navy is being represented by the Indian
Naval Ship Kesari, an amphibious Landing Ship Tank (Large), commanded by
Commander Mukesh Tayal, along with Indian Naval Maritime Patrol Dornier
in the subsequent program
The subsequent program includes debrief of the
sea phase, sports fixtures, local sightseeing and professional interaction
between naval personnel of both the nations.
Indian Naval assets have been increasingly
deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region
including the increased presence of Chinese naval forces in the region.
deployment to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of
friendship across the seas
addition, the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the
Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue and other
capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment
is in consonance with Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability
and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.
The 28th cycle of Indo-Thai CORPAT seeks to
underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and
harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to
strengthen existing bonds between India and Thailand.