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Indian naval ship and aircraft at Belawan for India-Indonesia coordinated patrol

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Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kulish, a Kora class missile corvette, and a Dornier patrol aircraft reached Belawan harbour on Thursday for the opening ceremony of the 32nd edition of India–Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) to be held from October 11–27.
 
The delegation is led by Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, Naval Component Commander, Andaman and Nicobar Command.
 
The ships and aircraft from both the countries would undertake patrolling on the respective sides of 236 nautical miles long International Maritime Boundary Line. The patrolling would be conducted in three phases from October 14–24, followed by a closing ceremony at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Island, scheduled from October 25–26, an official press release said.
 
"The visit seeks to emphasize India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain, consolidate interoperability and strengthen existing bonds of friendship between the two countries," it said.
 
During their stay in Belawan, various activities are planned such as official calls, formal reception onboard, ship open to visitors and professional interactions.
 
In the recent past, Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed to address maritime concerns of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
 
In addition, as part of the Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the IOR with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, other capacity -building and capability-enhancement activities.
 
The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s effort to forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas and consolidate inter-operability, the release added.
 
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