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India's 1st naval drill with Bangladesh

Maiden bilateral exercise
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Maiden bilateral exercise

Two Naval ships from Bangladesh arrived in Visakhapatnam to take part in the maiden bilateral exercise of the Indian and Bangladeshi navies. "Bangladesh Navy Ships Ali Haider, a Type 053 frigate and BNS Shadinota, a Type 056 stealth guided missile corvette arrived Visakhapatnam this afternoon on a four-day visit to ENC to participate in the maiden Indian Navy(IN) - Bangladesh Navy(BN) bilateral exercise from Oct 12 to 16," an official statement read.

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Familiarising the 2 squads
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Familiarising the 2 squads

The bilateral exercise includes professional interaction between the navies and visits to the Indian Naval training and maintenance facilities at Visakhapatnam. The exercise also includes air familiarisation of Bangladesh Navy aircrew and a 10-day training exercise between Indian Navy Marine Commandos and BN SWADS, the Navy said.

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About the CORPAT drill
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About the CORPAT drill

Prior to arrival at Visakhapatnam, BN Ships undertook Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) with IN Ships Ranvijay and Kuthar from 10 to 12 October. The second edition of IN - BN CORPAT in North Bay of Bengal increased the scope of joint exercises between the Indian Navy and Bangladesh Navy ships by sharing best practices in flying operations and other seamanship evolutions including vertical replenishment by integral helicopters of Indian Navy undertaking onboard BN ships.

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PM Modi & Hasina signed MoUs
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PM Modi & Hasina signed MoUs

The exercise comes days after Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India where a number of MoUs were signed between the two countries. A joint statement released after a bilateral between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina said, "Both Prime Ministers welcomed the initiatives for the development of closer Maritime Security Partnership, and appreciated the finalisation of an MoU on Establishment of Coastal Surveillance Radar System in Bangladesh."

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An exercise to hone mutual cooperation
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An exercise to hone mutual cooperation

With a common territorial boundary of over 4,000 kilometres and a maritime boundary, the navies of both the countries aim to practice and hone their mutual cooperation whilst patrolling near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) during the current edition of CORPAT, it added

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