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Since 2005, the Royal Thai Navy has been participating, in collaboration with the Indian Navy, in the Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) exercise twice a year every year. This exercise reflects both navies’ shared commitment for the peaceful Indian Ocean and international maritime security and cooperation.
During 16 – 22 June 2018, the 26th cycle of the Indo-Thai CORPAT was held in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. For the 26th CORPAT, the Royal Thai Navy sent the ship HTMS Longlom, from the Phangnga Naval Base in southern Thailand, to visit Port Blair. Furthermore, a senior delegation of the Royal Thai Navy, led by Vice Admiral Somnuk Preampramot, Commander of the 3rd Naval Area Command, was also flown into Port Blair by a Thai naval aircraft to observe the CORPAT and to call on Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command, on 21 June.
For this mission, HTMS Longlom, an anti-submarine warfare patrol ship, with her crew of 15 officers, 57 NCOs, and 11 sailors, was under the command of Commander Siripong Nopthaisoang and Lieutenant Commander Alongkorn Butsaratrakul. During the stay at Port Blair, professional interactions between officers of the two naval forces, sport activity, ship visits, a reception, and visits to places of historical interests in the area were conducted. The debriefing and closing ceremony was held on 22 June at the Naval Component of the Andaman and Nicobar Command.
Earlier this year during 23-31 January, INS Saryu of the Indian Navy went to visit Phuket, Thailand, for the 25th cycle of the Indo-Thai CORPAT. On that occasion, Indian naval delegation visited the Royal Thai Navy’s 3rd Naval Area Command Headquarters there.
Apart from naval cooperation at the bilateral level, the Royal Thai Navy has also continuously participated in the MILAN Exercise organized by the Indian Navy, including the latest edition of MILAN in March 2018, also in Andaman and Nicobar islands.