India, Myanmar conduct fourth coordinated patrol
The fourth edition of the India-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol (IMCOR) was successfully undertaken from February 13 to 16, 2016.
It was conducted by navies of the two countries along the strategically significant International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.
In this edition IMCOR, Indian Navy Ships Saryu and Bitra along with Myanmar Ships Aung Zeya and FAC 563 participated.
Navies of India and Myanmar are conducting bilateral IMCOR along the Maritime boundary since 2013 as part of the ongoing India-Myanmar defence relations.
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Signed
- During the Closing Ceremony of 4th IMCOR, Indian Navy and Myanmar Navy also singed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for IMCOR.
- The signing of the SOP will facilitate smooth conduct of coordinated patrols between two friendly neighbours that share a long maritime boundary in the strategically significant Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.
- With this Myanmar became only the third country after Indonesia and Thailand with which India has signed a formal agreement for maritime coordinated patrols.
- It reflects growing naval interaction between India and Myanmar and is significant achievement in case of Naval patrolling.