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India and Bangladesh Navies Join Forces in Northern Bay of Bengal

In a display of maritime camaraderie, the Indian Navy and Bangladesh Navy recently concluded the 4th edition of the Bilateral Exercise BONGOSAGAR-23 and the 5th edition of Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) in the Northern Bay of Bengal. The exercises, which took place from 7 to 9, November 2023, aimed at bolstering mutual cooperation and interoperability between the two naval forces.

Joint Patrolling and Maritime Exercises

Ships and aircraft from both navies engaged in joint patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), showcasing a collaborative effort to enhance maritime security. The participating Indian Navy assets included Ships Kuthar, Kiltan, and Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) Dornier. On the Bangladesh Navy side, Ships Abu Bakr, Abu Ubaidah, and MPA actively contributed to the exercises.

Diverse Drills to Boost Interoperability

The maritime exercises comprised a spectrum of activities, ranging from communication drills to surface gun-shoots and tactical maneuvers. The joint efforts culminated in a captivating steam past, symbolizing the successful collaboration between the two naval forces.

Maiden Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Drills

This edition of CORPAT witnessed a significant addition—the inaugural Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) drills. Both navies engaged in a Search and Rescue scenario at sea, emphasizing their preparedness to respond effectively to crises and disasters. This addition reflects the commitment of the Indian and Bangladesh Navies to contribute to regional stability and safety.

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Strengthening Bilateral Understanding

Regular bilateral exercises and coordinated patrols have played a pivotal role in fortifying mutual understanding and cooperation between the Indian Navy and the Bangladesh Navy. These joint endeavors contribute to the shared goal of ensuring a secure and stable maritime environment in the Bay of Bengal region.

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Indian Naval Assets

Noteworthy participants from the Indian Navy include INS Kuthar, an indigenously built guided-missile Corvette, and INS Kiltan, an indigenously built anti-submarine Corvette. These vessels are integral components of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam, operating under the operational command of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.

The successful completion of BONGOSAGAR-23 and CORPAT reaffirms the commitment of both nations to fostering a robust and collaborative maritime partnership, contributing to regional security and stability.

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