CORPAT: India and Thailand:
India and Thailand started the 31st edition of Coordinated Patrols or CORPAT, with the aim of reinforcing maritime links between two countries and keeping the Indian Ocean safe and secure for international trade.
- This is the first biannual exercise in which Saryu, an indigenously built Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel called Saryu from Indian Navy and His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Krabi along with Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies are participating.
- CORPAT biannual exercise builds up understanding and interoperability between both the navies.
- It facilitates the institution of measures to prevent & suppress unlawful activities such as Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, maritime terrorism, drug trafficking, armed robbery, and piracy.
- It also helps in enhancing operational synergy by exchanging information to prevent smuggling, illegal immigration and to conduct SAR operations at sea.