- CORPAT builds up the understanding and interoperability between navies of India & Thailand and facilitates the institution of measures to prevent and suppress Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery and piracy.
- It has been conducted twice a year since 2005, with the aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade.
- The objective of the Indo-Thai CORPAT is to ensure effective implementation of United Nations Conventions on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS).
|About UNCLOSAn international treaty that provides a regulatory framework for the use of the world’s seas and oceans, inter alia, to ensure the conservation and equitable usage of resources and the marine environment and to ensure the protection and preservation of the living resources of the sea.
It was adopted in 1982 and entered into force in 1994.
- It will enhance strong bilateral ties and maritime cooperation between India and Thailand.
- Indo-Thai CORPAT seeks to highlight India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain.
- The exercise is part of Indian Navy efforts to assist countries in the Indian Ocean Region with Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Surveillance, Search and Rescue and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities.
Why in News?
30th edition of the Indo-Thai CORPAT (Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol) was conducted recently.