The navies of Bangladesh and India will conduct a joint patrol exercise codenamed “Coordinated Patrol” (CORPAT) in the Bay of Bengal from 27 June to ensure security of the maritime boundaries of the two countries.
The 3-day exercise is being inaugurated by CNS Admiral Sunil Lanba of the Indian Navy in view of enhancing defence relations between the two countries.
Four maritime patrol aircraft including two from each navy along with four warships will participate in the exercise. BNS Abu Bakr guided missile frigate and BNS Dhaleswari guided missile corvette will be despatched from the Bangladesh Navy whilst the Indian Navy will conduct the exercise with INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt. The warships will head towards Indian maritime territory to complete the exercise upon which the Bangladesh Navy platforms will return to Chittagong.
Bangladesh and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi on 9 April 2017.
Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy is in Bangladesh on an official visit accompanied by his spouse and a three-member naval delegation. He met with the President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as well as the chiefs of the tri-services. He visited the National Defence College (NDC) and also several naval bases in Chittagong and Khulna.
Admiral Lanba visited Bangladesh in November 2017 to attend the ‘IONS Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise’ (IMMSAREX), organised by the Bangladesh Navy, under the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.
India has made an effort to enhance cooperation with the Bangladesh Navy since it commissioned its first submarines on 12 March 2017. They have sought to curb Chinese influence in Bangladesh’s defence sector.
New Delhi has also sold various types of sonar systems and anti-submarine warfare torpedoes to the Myanmar Navy after the Bangladesh Navy procured two submarines from China. This has not stopped Dhaka from engaging in further defence procurements from China.
The Bangladesh Navy is building new guided missile frigates with the technical cooperation of China. Six units are to be built in Bangladesh, whilst two others will be built in China in accordance with a contract between the Bangladesh Navy and China Shipbuilding & offshore International Co., Ltd. (CSOC).