Port Blair, June 06: Indian Naval Ship Kulish, a Kora class Missile Corvettecommanded by Commander Deepak Bali and Indian Naval Maritime Patrol Aircraft Dornier of the Andaman and Nicobar Command arrived at Belawan, Indonesia for the closing ceremony of the 31st cycle of the India – Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) from 06 to 09 Jun 18. The delegation is led by senior officer from Indian Navy, Commodore AshutoshRidhorkar, Naval Component Commander, Andaman and Nicobar Command. The opening ceremony of IND-INDO CORPAT was earlier conducted from 24-25 May 18 at Port Blair followed by co-ordinated patrol from 26 May to 02 Jun 18.
The visit of the Indian Naval Ship seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between India and Indonesia. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ship, sporting fixture, ship open to visitors and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned.
Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, Search and Rescue,Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.