On October 3, 2020, the 2nd edition of Indian Navy (IN) – Bangladesh Navy (BN) Bilateral Exercise Bongosagar was held in Northern Bay of Bengal which was followed by 3rd edition of IN – BN Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) from 4 to 5 October 2020 at the same venue.
- Notably, this edition of Exercise Bongosagar has greater significance as it is conducted during Mujib Barsho, the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Aim of Exercise:
While the aim of Exercise Bongosagar is developing inter-operability and joint operational skills through a conduct of a wide spectrum of maritime exercises and operations, on the other hand CORPAT is for strengthened understanding between both the navies and instituted measures to stop conduct of unlawful activities.
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kiltan, an indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette and INS Khukri, an indigenously built Guided-Missile Corvette participated along with Bangladesh Naval Ship (BNS) Abu Bakr, a Guided-Missile Frigate and BNS Prottoy, a Guided-Missile Corvette.
- In addition to ships, Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies and integral helicopter(s) also participated in the exercise.
During the CORPAT exercise, both navies will undertake joint patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
Recent Related News:
i.In July, 2020, the Indian Navy carried out a military exercise with a United States (US) Navy carrier strike group led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off the coast of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The USS (United States Ship) Nimitz is the world’s largest warship. Click Here to Read.
ii.Indian Navy and Japanese Navy (Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force) have conducted a day long Naval Exercise PASSEX (Passing Exercise) for tactical and communications training, towards the Malacca Strait in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
About Indian Navy:
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters MoD-Ministry of Defence (Navy)– New Delhi