India and Bangladesh have recently shown agreement to institute Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) as an annual exercise between navies of two neighboring countries.
The first edition of CORPAT between India-Bangladesh navies was inaugurated by Indian Navy’s Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba during his visit to Bangladesh.
The main aim Navy Chief’s visit was to consolidate bilateral defence relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.
The first edition of joint patrol exercise CORPAT was held under the military cooperation of both countries which saw the participation of four maritime patrol aircraft, two from Bangladesh Navy and two from Indian Navy, and four frigates, two from Bangladesh Navy (BNS Dhaleswari and BNS Abu Bakar) and two from Indian navy (INS Kadmatt and INS Satpura).
During the joint patrol, naval forces of both the countries shared information through naval communication and understanding. The warships and patrol aircraft jointly patrolled from Bangladesh’s sea territory and sailed towards the Indian waters in Bay.
The institution of CORPAT between India and Bangladesh is considered as a major step towards the enhanced operational interaction between both navies.
The joint patrol will help to curb maritime crimes, including militancy in the sea, and stop various sea crimes like smuggling and piracy in the Bay of Bengal. At present, both naval forces are patrolling their respected water territories round-the-clock on individual purpose.