Indonesian Navy delegation arrives for 29th Coordinated Patrol

Port Blair
9 May 2017

The 29th series of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) scheduled to be held till May 25 this year got underway on Tuesday. The Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sutedi Senoputra arrived at Haddo Wharf here to mark the commencement of the event. An Indonesian Maritime Patrol Aircraft also landed at INS Utkrosh, Port Blair on Tuesday. During the visit, First Admiral Bambang Irwanto leader of the Indonesion Naval delegation called on Maj Gen PS Sai, Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command. The delegation also interacted with Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, the Naval Component Commander.
During the stay here till May 12, the visiting crew will engage in interactions at various strata, including sports fixtures, ship visits, professional interactions and visits to places of historical and tourist interests. The closing ceremony of the CORPAT will be held at Belawan, Indonesia from May 22-25.
The close defence relations between India and Indonesia have been growing steadily with regular joint activities and exchanges of personnel between the Armed Forces of the two countries. Under the broad ambit of this strategic partnership, Indonesian Navy and the Indian Navy have been carrying out coordinated patrolling twice a year since 2002 near the International Maritime Boundary Line to keep this part of the Indian Ocean region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade.
Apart from securing the trade sea route, the Coordinated Patrol also serves to enhance mutual understanding and inter-operability between the two navies. The CORPAT thus reflects the shared concerns between the two countries for a peaceful Indian Ocean for the benefit of international community.