Exercise CORPAT and Bongosagar

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Recently, Exercise CORPAT and BONGOSAGAR between the Indian Navy and Bangladesh Navy were conducted in the Northern Bay of Bengal from 07 - 09 Nov 2023.

About Exercise CORPAT and Bongosagar

  • It is the 4th edition of the BONGOSAGAR and the 5th edition of Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) exercise.
  • Both are bilateral naval exercise.
  • Ships and aircraft from both navies undertook joint patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), and subsequently conducted maritime exercises to enhance interoperability.
  • Indian Navy Ships Kuthar, Kiltan and Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) Dornier participated in the exercise along with Bangladesh Navy Ships Abu Bakr, Abu Ubaidah and MPA.
  • The ships undertook communication drills, surface gun-shoots, tactical manoeuvres and other exercises that culminated with a steam past.
  • CORPAT-23 also included the maiden Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) drills conducted between the two navies wherein a Search and Rescue scenario at sea was exercised.
  • Regular bilateral exercises and coordinated patrols have strengthened mutual understanding and cooperation between the two navies.
  • INS Kuthar is an indigenously built guided-missile Corvette, whereas INS Kiltan is an indigenously built anti-submarine Corvette.
  • Both ships are part of the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam, which functions under the operational command of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.

Q1) What is INS Kiltan ?

It is a Kamorta-class anti-submarine warfare corvette of the Indian Navy. The Kamorta-class corvettes are a class of stealth corvettes built for the Indian Navy by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). These corvettes are designed to operate in littoral and shallow waters, making them well-suited for coastal defense and anti-submarine warfare operations.