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India, Thailand navies conduct coordinated patrol

<p style="font-weight: 400;">India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai Corpat) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy is being conducted (November 18-20), says an Indian government press release.</p>
<p style="font-weight: 400;">Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette, and His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Kraburi, a Chao Phraya Class Frigate, along with Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both the navies are participating in Corpat.</p>
<p style="font-weight: 400;">As part of India’s vision of Security And Growth for All in the Region (Sagar), the Indian Navy has been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), and other capacity building and capability-enhancement activities, on their request.</p>
<p style="font-weight: 400;">India and Thailand have enjoyed a close and friendly relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions which have strengthened over the years.</p>
<p style="font-weight: 400;">To reinforce maritime links, the two navies have been carrying out Corpat along their International Maritime Boundary Line twice a year since 2005, with the aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade.</p>
<p style="font-weight: 400;">Corpat builds up the understanding and interoperability between navies and facilitates institution of measures to prevent and suppress Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery and piracy. It further enhances the operational synergy by exchange of information for prevention of smuggling, illegal immigration and for conduct of SAR operations at sea.</p>
<p style="font-weight: 400;">The 30th Indo-Thai Corpat will contribute towards Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate interoperability and forge strong bonds of friendship with the Royal Thai Navy.</p>.