Indian and Indonesian Naval officers come together for 33rd Coordinated Patrol exercise.
Indian and Indonesian Naval officers come together for 33rd Coordinated Patrol exercise.

India-Indonesia kick start their coordinated patrol exercise

ANI | Updated: Mar 19, 2019 23:47 IST

New Delhi (India), Mar 19 (ANI): Navies of India and Indonesia on Tuesday kicked off their 33rd coordinated patrol exercise from Andaman and Nicobar islands during which they will carry out joint patrolling of their waters.
The patrol drill will be carried out from Tuesday till April 4 in which Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin and Maritime Patrol Aircraft CN-235 are taking part. Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, Naval Component Commander, Andaman and Nicobar Command, is leading the Indian side.
"The ship 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 March 22-31, 2019. This will be followed by a closing ceremony at Belawan, Indonesia, which is scheduled from April 1," the Navy said.
During the stay in Port Blair harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception onboard ship, sporting fixtures between both navies, ship open to visitors and professional interactions have been planned.
In addition, as part of the Indian government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities.
The 33rd IND-INDO CORPAT, also coinciding with 70 years of India-Indonesia diplomatic ties, will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas. (ANI)