India and Thailand Strengthen Maritime Cooperation with 35th Edition of CORPAT

India and Thailand have coordinated Patrols between the two navies, Indo-Thai CORPAT, to strengthen the maritime cooperation between the two countries—an essential step towards India’s vision of SAGAR

The India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy occurred from May 10 to 13. This is the 35th edition of the event, which began in 2005. 

Various warships and Patrol Aircraft from both navies were featured in CORPAT along with Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kesari, LST (L),  His Thai Majesty’s Ship (HTMS) Saiburi, and Chao Phraya Class Frigate.

Both parties have worked to improve the sea space’s safety and security through boundaries. Both nations hence would benefit from being able to monitor and stop unlawful activity occurring in the maritime region. 

As a consequence, it can be fairly stated that this CORPAT will serve to maintain peace and security between both countries and by maintaining close ties, both countries will be able to help each other in times of need. 

 “Towards reinforcing maritime linkages between the two countries and with an aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean safe and secure for international trade, the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy have been undertaking CORPAT bi-annually since 2005 along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). CORPAT builds up understanding and interoperability between navies and facilitates instituting measures to prevent and suppress unlawful activities like Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, piracy and armed robbery. It further helps enhance the operational synergy by exchanging information for the prevention of smuggling, and illegal immigration and for the conduct of Search and Rescue (SAR) operations at sea.”, said the Ministry of Defence in the press information that was released. 

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This Indo-Thai CORPAT is said to be beneficial for dual causes. One it helps to maintain a close bond with the neighboring country and other, this CORPAT would be an essential step to India’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region).

In order to ensure India’s peace, security, and wealth in the Indian Ocean region, the SAGAR is a marine initiative that prioritizes the regional safety of the Indian Ocean.

It aims to increase maritime corporations, address problems concerning the region’s security, create an environment of trust and openness, and poses maritime rules and laws of the Indian Ocean, which should be followed by other countries. 

“Our goal is to seek a climate of trust and transparency; respect for international maritime rules and norms by all countries; sensitivity to each other’s interests; peaceful resolution of maritime issues; and increase in maritime cooperation”, said the Prime Minister in his speech at Mauritius. 

Other nations have referred to SAGAR’s vision as an “approach.” It should also be mentioned that other countries are keeping a close eye on India’s implementation of this plan.  

In the middle of this circumstance, the Indo-Thai CORPAT has been a help to SAGAR, as it attempts to enhance the operational spirit of both the navies and has urged them to operate in unity through unanticipated occurrences and calamities.

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