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Navies of India, Bangladesh conduct coordinated patrol in Bay of Bengal

NEW DELHI (PTI): Navies of India and Bangladesh on Sunday began a two-day coordinated patrol in the northern Bay of Bengal in reflection of their growing cooperation to ensure maritime security in the region.

Indian Navy officials said the two navies are undertaking joint patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the region.

The last such patrolling was conducted in October 2020.

Two indigenously-built Indian Navy ships – Kora, a guided-missile corvette, and Sumedha, an offshore patrol vessel – are participating in the exercise, the officials said.

The Bangladeshi Navy has also deployed two ships – BNS Ali Haider and BNS Abu Ubaidah.

In addition to the ships, maritime patrol aircraft of both navies are participating in the coordinated patrol, the officials said.

"The regular conduct of coordinated patrol has strengthened mutual understanding and enhanced interoperability between both the navies in countering transnational maritime threats at sea," said an Indian Navy official.

In a separate development, INS Gomati, the last of the Godavari class guided-missile frigate of the Indian Navy will be decommissioned on May 28, after 34 years of service, the officials said.

Godavari class frigates were designed entirely by the Indian Navy's Directorate of Naval Design and built indigenously by Mazagon Dock Ltd.

INS Gomati was commissioned into the Indian Navy on April 16, 1988.

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