New Delhi: INS Saryu, built NOPV based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command, along with a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, shall participate in the 26th edition of the coordinated patrol (CORPAT) being held this year. The expanded version of the CORPAT, with the first ever bilateral exercise element embedded, is scheduled from 03 Oct to 21 Oct 15. India-Indonesia Bilateral Maritime Exercise is scheduled from 17-18 Oct 15 in the Andaman Sea. INS Saryu entered Port Belawan, Indonesia on 01 Oct
Defense relations between India and Indonesia have been growing steadily with regular joint activities and exchange of personnel between the Armed Forces of the two countries. The two navies have been carrying out Coordinated Patrolling (CORPAT) along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice a year since 2002, with the aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade. The CORPAT has strengthened understanding and interoperability between the navies, instituting measures to prosecute vessels engaged in unlawful activities and conducting Search and Rescue as well as pollution control.
In line with the significance of the event, the Opening Ceremony at Belawan, Indonesia from 01- 03 Oct 15 was attended by Vice Admiral PK Chaterjee, the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command.