Indian Ocean Region Current Affairs - 2019
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The 33rd edition of India-Indonesia coordinated patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) was inaugurated at Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The IND-INDO CORPAT 2019 is held from 19 Mar to 04 Apr 2019.
Navies of both countries have been carrying out coordinated patrolling twice a year since 2002 in an effort to keep the Indian Ocean region (IOR) safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade.
The coordinated patrol reflects shared concerns between two countries for the peaceful Indian Ocean for benefit of the international community. It also enhances mutual understanding and interoperability between the two navies.
IND-INDO CORPAT 2019
- From the Indonesian Side 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.
- During the exercise ships and aircraft from both the countries would undertake the patrolling on the respective sides of 236 nautical miles long International Maritime Boundary line.
- Patrolling would be conducted in three phases, followed by a closing ceremony at Belawan, Indonesia, which is scheduled from April 1.
33rd IND-INDO CORPAT which coincides 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.
Indian Navy has successfully completed refitted Maldivian Coast Guard Ship (MCGS) Huravee at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam and was formally handed over. The ship was refitted in four-months as part of Indian Navy initiative undertaken in furtherance of its diplomatic outreach to friendly foreign navies in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
During the refit, major repairs were undertaken on MCGS Huravee’s hull, main propulsion and auxiliaries. In addition number of equipment and systems of ship were upgraded for better performance and reliability. Moreover, all equipment were put through extensive harbour and sea trials so as to achieve full combat capability of ship and ensure its continuous availability for operations to Maldives Coast Guard for next operational cycle.
It was originally commissioned as INS Tillanchang, a Trinkat class patrol vessel built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkatta in March 2001. It was subsequently gifted to Maldives by Government of India in April 2006 to strengthen strategic partnership between two nations and work together to ensure maritime safety of IOR. The Indian Government through Indian Navy has undertaken such diplomatic courtesies previously when it undertook refit of ship in 2015.