The 29th India–Indonesia CORPAT has commenced at Port Blair under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command. The bilateral exercise is scheduled to be held from 9th to 25th May. The Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sutedi Senoputra has arrived to take part in the 29th series of IND–INDO CORPAT. An Indonesian Maritime Patrol Aircraft has also arrived with the Indonesian Naval delegation. Defence relations between India and Indonesia are growing steadily with regular joint activities and interactions between the Armed Forces of the two countries.
The bilateral exercise aims to enhance mutual understanding and inter–operability between the two navies. It also reflects the shared concerns between the two navies for a peaceful Indian Ocean for the benefit of international community. CORPAT is a bilateral maritime exercise held between India and Indonesia under thebroad ambit of strategic partnership. Both countries have been carrying out maritime exercise twice a year since 2002.
The CORPAT exercise between the two navies carries search and rescue operations, institutes measures for vessels indulged in unlawful activities as well as control pollution. The main aim of CORPAT is to keep the vital part of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) safe and secure for commercial shipping, International trade and legitimate marine activities. The Co-Ordinated Patrol has helped to strengthened understanding and interoperability between the two navies and also has promoted net maritime security in the region.