By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati, 21 February 2016
The fourth edition of India-Myanmar coordinated patrol was successfully undertaken from 13 to 16 February along the international maritime boundary line in Andaman Sea. Indian Navy ships namely Saryu and Bitra along with Burmese ships namely Aung Zeya and FAC 563 participated in the exercise.
It may be mentioned that as part of the ongoing India-Myanmar defence relations, the Navies of the two neighboring countries have conducted coordinated patrols along the Maritime boundary since 2013.
“During the closing ceremony of 4th IMCOR, the standard operating procedure for IMCOR was also signed between the Navies of both countries. Cmde Atul Anand VSM from Indian Navy and Cmde Aung Zaw Hlaing from Myanmar Navy signed the document in the presence of Gautam Mukhopadhaya, the Indian Ambassador in Myanmar,” said an Indian government statement.
Myanmar is the third country with which India has signed a formal agreement for maritime coordinated patrols and it reflects growing naval interaction between the two countries.
The signing of standard operating procedure can be identified as a significant achievement and is expected to facilitate smooth conduct of coordinated patrols between two friendly neighbours that share a long maritime boundary in the strategically significant Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.