Joint Naval Exercise Current Affairs - 2019

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SLINEX 2019: India and Sri Lanka conducts Joint Naval Exercise

The ‘SLINEX 2019’, the bilateral maritime exercise between India and Sri Lanka commenced on 7 September 2019 and will go on till September 14th. Sri Lankan Navy has sent two offshore patrol vessels SLNS Sindurala and SLNS Suranimala to India to participate in seventh annual Joint Indo-Lanka Maritime Fleet Exercise- SLINEX 2019. The offshore patrol vessels, SLNS Sindurala and Suranimala left from Trincomalee Port (of Sri Lanka) for India and arrived in port of Visakhapatnam (India).

About SLINEX 2019

SLINEX (Sri Lanka India Naval Exercise) will be attended by 323 Sri Lankan navy personnel including Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Fleet.

The week-long joint Naval exercise features wide ranging naval exercises including helicopter operations.

Significance: Exercise signifies the desire of both countries to enhance co-operation and to further strengthen mutual trust and interoperability between two navies. The bilateral maritime exercise will enable Indian Navy and Sri Lankan navies to rehearse and improve own capabilities and enhance operational effectiveness required to maintain maritime security in Indian Ocean region (IOR).

NOTE: First ever SLINEX exercise took place in 2005.

IMCOR: 8th Indo-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol Begins

The 2019 Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR) is taking place from 20 May to 28 May 2019. This is the 8th edition of coordinated patrol (CORPAT) between India and Myanmar.

Key Highlights

Objective: The coordinated patrol (CORPAT) initiative between the Indian Navy and Myanmar Navy seeks to address issues of terrorism, human trafficking, poaching, illegal fishing, drug trafficking and other illegal activities harmful to interest of both nations.

Background: The CORPAT series was first started in Mar 2013. Since then it has fostered improved professional interaction and enhanced mutual understanding between the two navies for maritime interoperability.

IMCOR 2019

  • Time: The Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol IMCOR will be conducted from 20 May 2019 to 28 May 2019.
  • For the ‘Opening Ceremony’ of 2019 edition, Myanmar Navy Ship namely UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV-54) arrived on 20 May 2019 in Port Blair at Andaman and Nicobar Command.
  • Naval Participants: It will be undertaken by Myanmar ships viz. UMS Inlay and UMS King TabinShweHtee with Indian Naval Ship, INS Saryu.

Exercise Undertakes:

  • The patrolling effort by participants will be augmented by Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) from both the navies.
  • The ships deployed would patrol along International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between the two countries thus, covering a distance of about 725 Kms over a period of four days.
  • During the sea phase of coordinated patrol (CORPAT), prior to ‘Closing Ceremony’ of CORPAT onboard Myanmar Naval Ship, the deployed ships will also undertake joint drills and maneuvers.