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POST TIME: 25 June, 2018 12:51:08 AM
Bangladesh-India navy joint patrol in Bay from June 27
Special Correspondent

Bangladesh-India navy joint patrol in Bay from June 27

The naval forces of Bangladesh and India will, for the first time, conduct a joint patrol exercise, namely the Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT), in the Bay of Bengal from June 27. The aim is to ensure the security of the maritime boundaries of the neighbouring countries.

Chief of the naval staff (CNS) of India, Admiral Sunil Lanba, currently in Dhaka, will inaugurate the three-day (June 27–29) exercise in the Bay. Four maritime patrol aircraft, two from the Bangladesh Navy and two from the Indian navy, and four frigates, two from the Bangladesh Navy (BNS Abu Bakar and BNS Dhaleswari) and two from the Indian navy (INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt), will join the CORPAT.

The warships and patrol aircraft will start the joint patrol from the country’s sea territory and will sail towards the Indian waters in the Bay.

On March 12, 2017, the Bangladesh Navy became a three-dimensional force by inducting two submarines in its naval force. Talking to The Independent, a senior officer of the Bangladesh Navy, on condition of anonymity, said that the joint patrol will be held under the military cooperation of the close neighbours. “During the joint patrol, the naval forces of both the countries will share information through naval communication and understanding,” he added.

“Most of the naval forces in the world conduct joint patrols in their respective water territories to ensure security for their sea territories,” he added. The senior naval officer said the

joint patrol would help curb maritime crimes, including militancy in sea, and stop various sea crimes like smuggling and piracy in the Bay. He also said both the naval forces are patrolling their respected water territories round-the-clock.

Earlier, Bangladesh and India had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi on April 9, 2017.

Meanwhile, Admiral Sunil Lanba arrived in Dhaka yesterday at the invitation of Chief of Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy, Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed.

The Indian navy chief is accompanied by his wife, Reena Lanba, and a three-member delegation. Admiral Lanba will pay a courtesy call on President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He will also meet the chiefs of the three services. He will also address student officers at the National Defence College in Mirpur area of Dhaka and visit multiple naval establishments in Chittagong and Khulna.

Admiral Lanba had earlier visited Bangladesh in November 2017 to attend the ‘IONS Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise’ (IMMSAREX), organised by the Bangladesh Navy, under the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.

MK