India Bangladesh Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) Exercise

The fourth edition of the two-day India-Bangladesh Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) exercises began on 22ndst May in the Bay of Bengal. The last time both countries conducted CORPAT exercises were in October 2020. The exercise aims to strengthen mutual understanding and enhance the interoperability between the navies of India and Bangladesh in countering maritime threats.

Which ships were deputed for the CORPAT exercise?

For the exercise, the Indian Navy deputed two indigenous warships (INS Kora and INS Sumedha). INS Kora is a guided-missile corvette and INS Sumedha is an offshore patrol vessel (OPV).  Bangladesh Navy deputed BNS Ali Haider and BNS Abu Ubaidah. Maritime patrol aircraft of navies of both countries will also undertake joint patrols along the international maritime boundary line (IMBL).

What is the Sampriti exercise?

Sampriti is the joint military training exercise between India and Bangladesh and is hosted alternately by both countries. Sampriti was started in 2009 as a platoon-level exercise and in 2015 graduated to a company-level exercise. It aims to promote positive relations between the Armies of India and Bangladesh.

The ninth edition of the exercise was conducted at the state-of-the-art Joint Training Node at Umroi Cantonment (Meghalaya) in February 2020. As a part of the exercise, both sides will jointly execute tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats.

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