8th Indo – Myanmar Coordinated Patrol Opening Ceremony, Port Blair
The 8th cycle of Indo-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol (IMCOR), a bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and the Myanmar Navy is being conducted near the India-Myanmar International Maritime Boundary Line from 20 to 28 May 2019. The two countries have been conducting coordinate patrols along the maritime boundary since 2013. Myanmar is amongst the three countries with which India has signed a formal agreement for maritime coordinated patrol.
On 20 May 2019, two Myanmar naval ships and a maritime patrol aircraft arrived Port Blair to participate in the opening ceremony of 8th IMCOR. The opening ceremony was conducted on 21 May 2019 at Headquarters Naval Component, Port Blair. The event was jointly chaired by Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, Vishisht Seva Medal, Naval Component Commander, Andaman and Nicobar Command and Commodore Htein Win, Commander, Ayeyarwady Naval Command Senior Officer for Myanmar Navy. The senior officers of both the navies deliberated on the age old traditional ties between both the nations and importance of coordinated efforts to flourish maritime prosperity. The event culminated with exchange of IMCOR plaque and mementos, followed by group photography.
The participating Indian Naval Ships Saryu (P54) and Bangaram (T65) in company with Myanmar Naval Ships UMS King Tabin Shwe Htee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV-54) sailed from Port Blair on 22 May 2019 to commence sea phase of CORPAT. During the period of sea phase, the ships will patrol the area near IMBL and will progress with multiple joint evolutions to enhance mutual understanding and interoperability between the two navies.