April 28, 2016 - The Indonesian Navy and the Indian Navy have been participating in coordinated patrol (CORPAT) twice a year since 2002 to keep this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade.
The 27th series of India – Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) is being conducted from 28 Apr to 19 May 16. Opening Ceremony of the CORPAT is being held at Port Blair from 28 – 30 Apr 16. Closing Ceremony will be held at Belawan, Indonesia from 16 – 19 May 16. The Indonesian Navy is being represented by the ship KRI Imam Bonjol (pictured above) and Maritime Patrol Aircraft CN235 whilst INS Karmuk and one Naval Dornier aircraft are representing the Indian Navy.
A high level Indonesian delegation for the 27th CORPAT arrived at Port Blair on 28 Apr 2016. Later in the day, senior officers of the delegation led by First Admiral Muhammad Ali, called on Vice Admiral Bimal Verma AVSM at his office, wherein the two discussed issues of mutual interest and cooperation.
Apart from securing the trade sea route, the coordinated patrol also serves to enhance mutual understanding and interoperability between the two navies.The CORPAT thus reflects the shared concern between the two countries for a peaceful Indian ocean for the benefit of international community.