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Maiden Indian Navy – Royal Thai Navy Bilateral Exercise and 36th Edition of Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol

Published: 18th Jan, 2024

Context

The Indian Navy (IN) and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted their maiden Bilateral Maritime Exercise from December 20 to 23, 2023.

Objectives of Exercise:

  • This exercise marked a significant step in strengthening operational synergy and increasing exercise complexity between the two navies.
  • Simultaneously, the 36th edition of the India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) was carried out, highlighting the commitment to regional maritime security.

Background

  • The Indian Navy's proactive engagement with countries in the Indian Ocean Region aligns with the Government of India's vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region).
  • The bilateral relations between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy have evolved positively over the years, emphasizing the importance of regional maritime security and cooperation.

Bilateral Maritime Exercise Details:

  • The inaugural Bilateral Maritime Exercise featured the participation of indigenously built Indian Naval ships Kulish and IN LCU 56, alongside His Thai Majesty's Ship (HTMS) Prachuap Khiri Khan from the Royal Thai Navy.
  • The exercise included surface and anti-air exercises, incorporating weapon firing, seamanship evolutions, and tactical maneuvers.
  • The Sea Phase of the exercise saw Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies in action, enhancing the overall maritime capabilities of the participating units.

Indo-Thai CORPAT:

  • The 36th edition of the Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol, conducted concurrently with the bilateral exercise, further underscored the commitment to joint maritime efforts.
  • Such coordinated patrols contribute to fostering cooperation, information sharing, and mutual understanding between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy.

Symbolism of 'Ex-Ayutthaya':

  • The Bilateral Exercise has been named 'Ex-Ayutthaya,' signifying 'The Invincible One' or 'Undefeatable.'
  • This nomenclature carries historical and cultural significance, representing the oldest cities, Ayodhya in India and Ayutthaya in Thailand.
  • It reflects the rich cultural ties and shared historical narratives between the two nations, spanning several centuries.

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