CORPAT 2020 : Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol | UPSC

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CORPAT 2020 : Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol | UPSC

CORPAT 2020 : Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol | UPSC

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CORPAT 2020 : Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT)

      WHY IN NEWS:

Hot from PIB !

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Defence
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Defence

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS this is an easy to remember ; exercise between India and Thailand . Keep an eye on features , aim and the participants of the exercise .

For MAINS note down the significance of such exercises . These can fetch you more marks if you are able to quote them in answer relevant to India-Thailand , Strait of Malacca , Indo-Pacific Security etc. Let us dive in !

      CONTEXT: 

CORPAT 2020 : INDO-THAI COORDINATED PATROL

EDITION

  • The 30th edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy.

TIMELINE

CORPAT 2020 by the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy is being conducted from 18 – 20 November 2020.

  • Also , to reinforce maritime links, the two navies have been carrying out CORPAT along their International Maritime Boundary Line twice a year since 2005.

AIM

CORPAT has been initiated with the aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade.

PARTICIPANTS

  • Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette .
  • His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Kraburi, a Chao Phraya Class Frigate
  • Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both the navies are participating in the CORPAT.

CORPAT 2020 : Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol | UPSC

FEATURES

  • CORPAT builds up the understanding and interoperability between navies .

It 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. 

SIGNIFICANCE

  • The exercise is part of Government of India’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region).

The Indian Navy has been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)

  • Also, other capacity building and capability-enhancement activities are conducted, on their request.
  • India and Thailand have especially enjoyed a close and friendly relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities.
  • The interactions between both the countries have strengthened over the years.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The 30th Indo-Thai CORPAT will contribute towards Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship with Royal Thai Navy.
  • The 30th edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) concluded in the Andaman Sea close to the strategic Strait of Malacca.
SUGGESTED READING : MALABAR NAVAL EXERCISE 2020 
     SOURCES:   PIB | CORPAT 2020 : Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol | UPSC

 

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