Indian, Indonesian navies conduct joint patrol at sea hinh anh 1Indian Navy’s Kora-class missile corvette INS Kulish (P63)  (Photo: Indian Navy)

New Delhi (VNA) – The Indian Defence Ministry announced on October 11 that the Indian Navy’s Kora-class missile corvette INS Kulish (P63) and naval maritime patrol aircraft Dornier arrived in Indonesia for the opening ceremony of the 32nd edition of India – Indonesia coordinated patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT).

The visit seeks to emphasise India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain, consolidate interoperability and strengthen existing bonds of friendship between the two countries, the ministry said in a statement.

Under the programme, the ships and aircraft from both countries will undertake patrols on the respective sides of the 236 nautical-miles-long international maritime boundary line.

The patrols will be conducted in three phases from Oct 14 to 24, followed by a closing ceremony at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Island, scheduled for Oct 25-26.

Over the past time, Indian naval assets have been increasingly deployed to address maritime concerns of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). This event aims to help boost New Delhi’s efforts to set up a close friendship among coastal states and enhance coordinating capacity.-VNA