An IDC Analysis 


New Delhi, 10 September 2005

India–Indonesia Coordinated Patrol

The Army, Navy and Air Force are all exercising with foreign countries and the Navy went further. Earlier we had reported that the Indian Navy inspected the USS Trenton in USA. With the Navy active all over the Indian Ocean, the ship can be well exploited with innovative thinking, for peace and wartime usage.

For example as of now the Navy is involved with the  month long fifth India–Indonesia Co-ordinated Patrol. It got underway with the arrival of Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Teuku Umar, commanded by Major Irvansyah, at Port Blair on 01 Sep 05. Colonel Aswoto Saranang, the Commanding Officer Naval Base Sabang, was also embarked onboard the ship as Senior Officer. The Indonesian naval ship is a Parchim class corvette of German origin, an advanced patrol ship with anti-submarine warfare capabilities. The ship joined the Indonesian Naval Fleet in 1997 and is presently based at Jakarta.

The present patrol will last from 01 to 30 Sep 2005. From the Indian side, four ships comprising guided missile corvette INS Kulish, Landing Ship Tank INS Mahish and two Fast Attack Crafts Tarassa and Tilanchong are taking part in the coordinated patrol. The objective of coordinated patrol is to enhance mutual understanding and inter-operability between the two navies and conduct joint patrol to prevent smuggling, piracy, drug trafficking, sea pollution and illegal fishing. The first India–Indonesia Coordinated patrol was conducted in September 2002 following an agreement between the two governments on cooperative activities in the field of defence. Since then, four joint patrols have been successfully executed along the International Boundary Line (IBL) between the two countries in accordance with mutually agreed guidelines and procedures. That is in the East. Let’s turn West.

Navy Ship Escorts Omani Sailboat 

To celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Omani sailboat   Majan set sail from Oman retracing a historic sea trade route that existed between the two nations, during the Bronze Age. "Majan" set sail from Sur in Oman to Bet Dwarka in India on a two week long voyage using sails and navigating with the help of celestial bodies as was done in the ancient times.

The Indian Naval Ship Gomati is escorting the "Majan" during this historic voyage and will provide Search and Rescue cover, to ensure her safe passage to the Indian port of Okha on the Saurashtra Coast in Gujarat. India and Oman have age-old friendly relations between the people of the two countries. T he diplomatic relations between the two nations have withstood the test of time over the last 50 years. The two coastal states have had maritime interactions dating back many millennia when trade was through sea routes. In recent years the Navies of the two nations have consolidated and strengthened this relationship by conducting regular exercises and ship visits. This has resulted in understanding and recognising the importance of the roles of India and Oman in International maritime affairs.


We have always maintained that India must do business with China but now that they have got their way and the Line of Actual Control called ‘Line of Peace and Tranquility’ is to become the border more or less as China had always wanted, there are lessons to be learnt by our intelligence so that they can warn our politicians. It is said Indian Intelligence has become a six man show and the rest are happy to be time passers as coordination the key to Intelligence is missing. We picked up an article from Asian Wall Street Journal titled ‘WATCH CHINA. IT PLAYS NAUGHTY’, which will soon be posted on our site. Watch this space.

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