32nd EDITION OF INDO-THAI COORDINATED PATROL (CORPAT):
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The 32nd edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy was conducted from 12 – 14 November 2021.
- Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette and His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Tayanchon, a Khamrosin Class Anti-submarine Patrol Craft, along with Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies are participating in the CORPAT.
- The Indo – Thai CORPAT has been conducted along the International Maritime Boundary Line since 2005.
- With an aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean safe and secure for international trade, the two navies have been undertaking CORPAT bi-annually.
- The countries also aim to implement the United Nations Conventions on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS) through the exercise.
- The exercise is held to keep the Indian Ocean safe and secure for international trade and commercial shipping.
- The UNCLOS specifies regulations related to conservation marine environment, marine natural resources, drug trafficking, unregulated fishing, illegal immigration, exchange of information and conduct of search and rescue operation at sea.
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