A missile corvette and a naval maritime patrol aircraft have reached Indonesia on Thursday to participate in more than two weeks long coordinated patrol exercise.
Indian Naval Ship Kulish, a Kora class missile corvette, and an Indian Dornier from Andaman and Nicobar command arrived in Belawan harbor in Indonesia to participate in nearly three weeks long coordinated patrol exercise – Ind-Indo Corpat.
The 32nd second edition of the joint patrol will be held in Indonesia between October 11 to 27.
The ships and aircraft from both the countries would undertake patrolling on the respective sides of 236 nautical miles long international maritime boundary line.
The patrolling would be conducted in three phases from 14 – 24 Oct 2018 followed by a closing ceremony at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Island, scheduled from 25 – 26 Oct 2018.
Indian contingent is led by Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, the naval component commander of Andaman and Nicobar Command.
Indian Navy: “The visit seeks to emphasize India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain, consolidate interoperability and strengthen existing bonds of friendship between the two countries.”
During their stay in Belawan, various activities are planned such as official calls, formal reception onboard, ship open to visitors and professional interactions.
In the recent past Indian naval assets have been increasingly deployed to address maritime concerns of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) countries.
As a part of India’s SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) policy, Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the IOR with EEZ surveillance, search and rescue, other capacity -building and capability-enhancement activities.
Indian Navy said that the current deployment will contribute towards its efforts to forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas and consolidate inter-operability.