The 31st edition of the India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy is being conducted from 9 to 11 June 2021. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Saryu, an indigenously built Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel and Thailand’s Ship (HTMS) Krabi, an Offshore Patrol Vessel, along with Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies are taking part in the CORPAT.
Since 2005, the two navies have been conducting CORPAT bi-annually along their International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in order to strengthen maritime relations between both nations and to keep the Indian Ocean safe and secure for international trade.
CORPAT has helped in building understanding and interoperability between both navies and facilitates institution of measures to prevent unlawful activities like Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery and piracy. It further helps to enhance the operational synergy by exchange of information for the prevention of smuggling and illegal immigration.
India’s vision of SAGAR
The Indian Navy has been working proactively with countries in the Indian Ocean Region to enhance regional maritime security as part of the Government of India’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region).
Bilateral and multilateral exercises, Coordinated Patrols, Joint EEZ Surveillance, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions have all been used to achieve this. The Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy have a strong and cordial connection that has grown over the years, including a wide range of operations, interactions and exchanges.
The 31st Indo-Thai CORPAT will assist the Indian Navy in consolidating interoperability and forging strong friendly relations with the Royal Thai Navy.
Last year, the 30th edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy was conducted from 18 – 20 November 2020.
Earlier, former Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff went on a bilateral visit to Thailand from 17 to 19 April 2019. The visit was intended to consolidate and enhance the maritime bilateral relations between India and Thailand. The visit also explored the new avenues of defence cooperation between both nations.
India and Thailand have historical linkages which date back several centuries. Both nations established formal diplomatic relations in 1947. The Defence relationship between India and Thailand has grown over the years, with the two countries signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation in January 2012.
The Indian Navy cooperates with the Royal Thai Navy on many fronts, which includes operational interactions, training exchanges and hydrographic cooperation. The Royal Thai Navy is also a member of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS).