The Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy are conducting the 25th edition of the Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) from Jan. 23 to 31, 2018.
Indian Navy offshore patrol vessel (OPV), INS Saryu (P54), Royal Thai Navy corvette, HTMS Longlom (533) and one Indian Navy Dornier Do 228 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) are participating in CORPAT. INS Saryu is commanded by Commander S Q Hayat.
The Indian Naval delegation is led by Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, Navy Component Commander (NAVCC) of the Indian Armed Forces’ only Tri-service theater command, Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC). He is currently in Phuket for the debrief and closing ceremony of the exercise.
As part of CORPAT, joint exercises including Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) by Combined Boarding Teams of INS Saryu and HTMS Longlom, close station keeping and signaling by flag were carried out. Sea Riders from HTMS Longlom visited INS Saryu during the CORPAT.
The Pre Sail conference was held on 23 January 2018 at Headquarters Naval Component of Andaman and Nicobar Command. The sea phase of the exercise comprising bilateral exercises such as search and rescue and coordinated maneuvers at sea as well as patrol along the India Thailand International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) was conducted from 24-28 January 2018 in the Andaman Sea.
As part of harbour activities Indian Naval delegation visited the 3rd Naval Area Command Headquarters at Phuket, Thailand and held discussions with Thai Naval Delegation. Commanding Officer Saryu called on Captain Thongchai Khumgun, Deputy Chief of Staff 3rd Naval Area Command. In addition, a Yoga session for Indian and Thai Navy personnel was conducted onboard INS Saryu at Phuket.
INS Saryu (P54)
INS Saryu (P54) is the first Saryu-class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy, designed and constructed indigenously by the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
The ship is home-ported at Port Blair, under the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). She is the largest offshore patrol vessel in the navy.
HTMS Longlom (533)
HTMS Longlom (533) is a Khamronsin-class corvette of the Royal Thai Navy, built by Bangkok Naval Dockyard (Thailand) and commissioned in October 1992.
Andaman and Nicobar Command (India)
The Andaman and Nicobar Command manages Indian engagement with regional navies of Southeast Asia.
It conducts bi-annual coordinated patrols (CORPATs) with the navies of Thailand and Indonesia, the annual SIMBEX maritime exercises with Singapore, and the biennial Milan multilateral naval exercises.
The Command also patrols India’s exclusive economic zone to suppress gun running, narcotics smuggling, piracy, and poaching, and conducts maritime surveillance, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.