India, Bangladesh hold second edition of naval exercise in Northern Bay of Bengal
The second edition of the bilateral naval exercise Bongosagar between India and Bangladesh was held yesterday in Northern Bay of Bengal. Ships from both navies participated in surface warfare drills, seamanship evolutions and helicopter operations. Indian Navy ships Kiltan, Khukri & Bangladesh Navy ships Abu Bakr, Prottoy, helo and MPA undertook manoeuvres, surface drills, helo operations and seamanship evolutions.
Bongosagar will be followed by the third edition of India Bangladesh Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) on 4-5 October.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Defence, the exercise Bongosagar is aimed at developing interoperability and joint operational skills through conduct of maritime exercises and operations. During the CORPAT exercise, both navies will undertake joint patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
In addition to ships, Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies and integral helicopters would also be participating in the exercise.
The first edition of the Exercise Bongosagar, was held in 2019. The Exercise Bongosagar and IN – BN CORPAT reflects the priority Indian Navy accords to Bangladesh Navy as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region), the release said.