Bongosagar Bilateral Exercise 2020 | UPSC

Bongosagar Bilateral Exercise 2020 | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Indian Navy (In) – Bangladesh Navy (Bn) Bilateral Exercise Bongosagar And In-Bn Corpat

      WHY IN NEWS:

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      CONTEXT: 

BONGOSAGAR BILATERAL EXERCISE 2020

EDITION

  • The second edition of Indian Navy (IN) – Bangladesh Navy (BN) Bilateral Exercise Bongosagar is scheduled to commence.

It will begin on 03 October 2020 in Northern Bay of Bengal.

  • Exercise Bongosagar, whose first edition was held in 2019.

AIM

It is aimed at developing inter-operability and joint operational skills through conduct of a wide spectrum of maritime exercises and operations.

  • In the upcoming edition of Exercise Bongosagar, ships from both navies will participate in surface warfare drills, seamanship evolutions and helicopter operations.

TIMELINE

  • This exercise will be followed by the 3rd edition of IN – BN Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) in Northern Bay of Bengal from 4 to 5 October 2020.
  • Exercise Bongosagar  and IN – BN CORPAT will be undertaken over three days.

CORPATs

India and Bangladesh 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.

PARTICIPANTS

  • INS KILTAN : It is an indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette.
  • INS KHUKRI : It is an indigenously built Guided-Missile Corvette.

Participating along with Bangladesh Naval Ships:

  • BNS ABU BAKR : A Guided-Missile Frigate and
  • BNS PROTTOY : A Guided-Missile Corvette.

In addition to ships, Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies and integral helicopter(s) would also be participating in the exercise.

Bongosagar Bilateral Exercise 2020 | UPSC

SIGNIFICANCE

  • This edition of Exercise Bongosagar assumes greater significance since it is being conducted during Mujib Barsho.

This year it is the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

  • It reflects the priority that Indian Navy accords to Bangladesh Navy.
  • Also , It is a part of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region).

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • India and Bangladesh have a close, long-standing relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions, which has strengthened over the years.
  • The people of India and Bangladesh also share close cultural bonds and a shared vision of democratic society and a rules-based order.
     SOURCES: PIB and AIR | Bongosagar Bilateral Exercise 2020 | UPSC

 

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