India,Indonesia conduct joint naval patrols
INS Kulish, a Kora class missile corvette commanded by Commander Deepak Bali and one Dornier maritime patrol aircraft of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, arrived at Belawan, Indonesia for the closing ceremony of the 31st edition of the India– Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (Ind-Indo Corpat) from 06 to 09 June 2018.
By Anil Bhat
INS Kulish, a Kora class missile corvette commanded by Commander Deepak Bali and one Dornier maritime patrol aircraft of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, arrived at Belawan, Indonesia for the closing ceremony of the 31st edition of the India– Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (Ind-Indo Corpat) from 06 to 09 June 2018. The opening ceremony of Ind-Indo Corpat was earlier conducted 24-25 May at Port Blair followed by co-ordinated patrolling from 26 May-2 June.
The visit of the Indian Naval Ship seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between India and Indonesia in a fraught region. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ship, sporting fixture, ship open to visitors and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned.
Indian naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ surveillance, Search and Rescue, HADR and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.
The delegation was led by Indian Navy’s Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, Naval Component Commander, Andaman and Nicobar Command, embarked onboard INS Kulish.
(The author, a former Defence Ministry and Indian Army spokesperson, is a strategic analyst. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org)
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