New Delhi, Nov 21 : The 30th Indo-Thai CORPAT was being practiced between the Indian Navy and Royal Thai Navy from Nov 18 to Nov 20. INS Karmuk, HTMS Kraburi along with the Dornier maritime aircraft participated in the CORPAT.
The countries have been holding CORPAT along the International Maritime Boundary Line twice a year since 2005. According to the released Press address it was reported that "As part of Government of India's vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), and other capacity building and capability-enhancement activities on their request."
CORPAT builds up inter-operability between the participating navies. It facilitates the reduction of Illegal Unreported Unregulated fishing, maritime terrorism, drug trafficking, piracy and armed robbery. It also enhances operational synergy.
Under its Indo-Pacific strategy, India has signed Memorandum of Understanding to increase the connectivity between Thailand's Ranong Port and Chennai port. The agreement was signed during 2019 BIMSTEC meet. This will reduce the travel time between India and Thailand from 10 to 15 days to 7 days.