On Monday, the Indian and Indonesian navies began a coordinated 12-day patrol in the Andaman Sea and the Strait of Malacca in a reflection of their rapidly expanding cooperation. Indian Navy units of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) are participating in the joint mission from June 13 to 24, officials said.
It is the first training of its kind between the two sides after the COVID-19 pandemic. “It includes a visit by Indonesian Navy units to the ANC at Port Blair from June 13 to 15, followed by a naval phase in the Andaman Sea and a visit by Indian Navy units to Sabang (Indonesia) from June 23 to 24,” a Navy spokesperson said.
The Navy has been conducting a coordinated patrol along the International Maritime Border Line (IMBL) since 2002.
“This has both helped build understanding and interoperability between navies and facilitated actions to prevent and suppress illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, drug smuggling, maritime terrorism, armed robbery and piracy,” the spokesperson said.
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