12 Dec 22. Indian and Indonesian navies commence 39th edition of IND-INDO CORPAT. IND-INDO CORPAT began on 8 December and will go on until 19 December. The Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy have begun the 39th edition of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT).
IND-INDO CORPAT began on 8 December and will go on until 19 December.
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk, an indigenously built missile corvette, has taken part in the pre-deployment briefing at Belawan, Indonesia.
The CORPAT will be undertaken along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) for two days, beginning 15 December. It will conclude with a debrief at Port Blair on 16 December.
Along with INS Karmuk, L-58, which is indigenously built landing craft utility vessel, and Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft are taking part in the CORPAT.
The Indonesian side is being represented by KRI Cut Nyak Dien, a Kapitan Pattimura class corvette.
Since 2002, India and Indonesia have been undertaking CORPATs twice a year to keep the Indian Ocean Region secure for commercial shipping, international trade and maritime activities.
The 39th edition of IND-INDO CORPAT aims to boost the maritime cooperation between the two navies.
Meanwhile, the Indian Navy delegation and its three warships took part in the first International Fleet Review (IFR) that was hosted by Bangladesh at Cox’s Bazar.
The Bangladesh Prime Minister reviewed the international fleet consisting of vessels from Bangladesh Navy and eight ships from six countries, including India, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and US.
With three ships, the Indian Navy contingent was the largest amongst those taking part in IFR.
The three Indian Navy ships that took part include the guided missile destroyer INS Kochi, anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kavaratti and offshore patrol vessel Sumedha. (Source: naval-technology.com)
13 Dec 22. US, PH, Japan Armies Bolster Defense Ties in First Trilateral Meet. The Philippine Army (PA) along with its American and Japanese counterparts held their first-ever trilateral meeting on Dec. 11, aimed at bolstering defense cooperation among the three partner nations.
In a statement Monday night, PA spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said the meeting, known as the Japan-Philippine-US Trilateral Key Leaders’ Engagement, was held at Camp Asaka in Tokyo.
Present during the meeting were PA chief Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., Japan Ground Self-Defense Force chief-of-staff Gen. Yoshida Yoshihide and United States Army Pacific (USARPAC) commander Gen. Charles Flynn.
“(The meeting aims) to bolster the defense cooperation and partnership among the three long-standing defense partners in the Indo-Pacific region,” Trinidad said.
Meanwhile, Philippine Marine Corps commandant Maj. Gen. Charlton Sean Gaerlan and US Marine Forces Pacific Commander Lt. Gen. William Jurney also joined the high-level meeting.
“Our armies have strong bilateral engagements with one another so having this trilateral cooperation is truly a great opportunity for us in the Philippine Army to further advance our capabilities,” Brawner said.
The trilateral meeting sets the stage for regularizing high-level talks among the Philippines, Japan and US ground forces which also strengthens future multilateral cooperation frameworks. (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/ Philippine News Agency)
12 Dec 22. Kuwait exercises new tanks. Kuwait’s new M1A2K tanks were displayed in the emirate for the first time during Exercise ‘Pearl of the West 2022′, which was held with French forces from 25 November to 8 December. An M1A2K was not seen in the coverage of the exercise until the last day, when the Kuwait Armed Forces released a short video showing Minister of Defence Sheikh Abdullah Ali al-Abdullah al-Sabah being briefed on the tank during a visit to the Al-Adira (Udairi) exercise area. Three were then seen in action, although the armoured unit that featured in the earlier coverage of the exercise was still equipped with old M1A2 tanks. General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) received a contract to develop a unique variant of the Abrams tank for Kuwait in December 2017. Subsequent contract announcements revealed that GDLS would deliver 217 M1A2K tanks by the end of June 2022. The Kuwaiti Armed Forces announced in July 2021 that it had received the first M1A2K in a ceremony held in the US. (Source: Janes)
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