Context: The second edition of Indian Navy (IN) – Bangladesh Navy (BN) Bilateral Exercise Bongosagar is scheduled to commence in Northern Bay of Bengal. 

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  • This exercise will be followed by the 3rd edition of IN - BN Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) in Northern Bay of Bengal 

Naval Exercise Bongosagar.

  • It is aimed at developing interoperability and joint operational skills through conduct of a wide spectrum of maritime exercises and operations. 
  • Its first edition was held in 2019.
  • Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kiltan, an indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette and INS Khukri, an indigenously built Guided-Missile Corvette are participating.

IN - BN Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT)

  • Indian Navy and Bangladesh Navy units will undertake joint patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). 
  • Conduct of CORPATs has strengthened understanding between both the navies and instituted measures to stop conduct of unlawful activities.
  • The Indian Navy has participated in a number of joint maritime exercises in the last few weeks including Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) with Japanese navy from September 26-28.

Significance of India Bangladesh relations

  • The people of India and Bangladesh also share close cultural bonds and a shared vision of democratic society and a rules-based order.
  • This edition of Exercise Bongosagar assumes greater significance since it is being conducted during Mujib Barsho, the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
  • Exercise Bongosagar  and IN - BN CORPAT reflects the priority that Indian Navy accords to Bangladesh Navy as part of Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region).
  • The military exercise 'SAMPRITI' between Indian and Bangladesh Armies is also an important bilateral defence cooperation endeavour between India and Bangladesh.

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