With objectives to further improve maritime interoperability and mutual understanding between two navies, the Myanmar Navy’s warships have arrived Port Blair on Monday for the ‘Opening Ceremony’ of the 8th Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR) at Andaman and Nicobar Command.
The warships including UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV-54) have been led by Commodore Htein Win, Commander, Ayeyarwady Naval Command.
The Myanmar naval delegation led by its commander was called on Cmde Ashutosh Ridhorkar, Naval Component Commander on Monday, an Indian Navy spokesperson said.
The CORPAT initiative between the two navies is meant to address issues of terrorism, illegal fishing, drug trafficking, human trafficking, poaching and other illegal activities inimical to interest of both nations.
Started in Mar 2013, the CORPAT series has enhanced the mutual understanding and fostered improved professional interaction between the two navies for maritime interoperability.
Myanmar ships UMS King TabinShweHtee and UMS Inlay would undertake a coordinated patrol with Indian Naval Ship Saryu from May 20 – 28.
The patrolling effort will be augmented by Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both the navies.
The ships would patrol along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between the two countries covering a distance of approximately 725 Kms over a period of four days.
The ships will also undertake joint manoeuvres and drills during the sea phase of coordinated patrol (CORPAT) prior ‘Closing Ceremony’ of the CORPAT