Bilateral Exercise BONGOSAGAR-23 and Coordinated Patrol CORPAT-23
Date: November 07-09, 2023
Location: Northern Bay of Bengal
Participants: Indian Navy and Bangladesh Navy
Indian Navy Ships: Kuthar, Kiltan, and Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) Dornier
Bangladesh Navy Ships: Abu Bakr, Abu Ubaidah, and MPA
- Joint patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL)
- Maritime exercises to enhance interoperability, including communication drills, surface gun-shoots, tactical manoeuvres, and a steam past
- Maiden Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) drills, including a Search and Rescue scenario at sea
- Regular bilateral exercises and coordinated patrols strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the two navies.
- The participation of indigenously built ships in the exercise is a testament to India’s growing shipbuilding capabilities.
What were the key highlights of BONGOSAGAR-23 and CORPAT-23?
The key highlights of BONGOSAGAR-23 and CORPAT-23 were:
- The participation of indigenously built ships from the Indian Navy, such as INS Kuthar and INS Kiltan. This is a testament to India’s growing shipbuilding capabilities.
- The inclusion of the maiden Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) drills conducted between the two navies. This shows that the two navies are committed to working together to respond to humanitarian emergencies.
- The successful completion of all planned activities, which demonstrates the high level of interoperability between the two navies.