The Indian and Indonesian navies began a 12-day synchronised patrol in the Andaman Sea and the Malacca Straits on Monday, reflecting their growing collaboration.
From June 13 to 24, Indian Navy units from the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) will take part in the combined mission, according to officials.
It’s the first time the two sides have practised together since the COVID-19 pandemic.
An Indian Navy spokeswoman said, “It includes a visit by Indonesian Navy units to ANC at Port Blair from June 13 to 15, followed by a sea phase in the Andaman Sea and a visit by Indian Navy units to Sabang (Indonesia) from June 23 to 24.”
Since 2002, the two navies have conducted a coordinated patrol along their International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
“This has facilitated steps to prevent and repress Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, marine terrorism, armed robbery, and piracy,” according to the spokeswoman.