Bangladesh and India have started a three-day naval exercise in the northern Bay of Bengal along the international maritime boundary line on Saturday, read a ISPR press release.
The joint exercise and bilateral drill, named Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) and BONGOSAGOR respectively, are being held to expand operational coordination between the two forces.
Bangladesh has deployed two warships in the exercise — BNS Abu Bakr and BNS Prottoy — the Navy said.
India has deployed two warships — INS Kiltan and INS Khukri— as well as maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters in the exercise.
Earlier on Friday, BNS Abu Bakr and BNS Prottoy left the Mongla Port to take part in the joint exercise and drill.
The third edition of the joint naval exercise in the northern Bay of Bengal will continue till October 5.
The exercise includes surface warfare drills, seamanship evolutions and helicopter operations, among others.
The aim of the exercise is to stop various offensive activities, inclduing illegall fishing, smuggling, human trafficking, sea robbery and drug smuggling through the Bay of Bengal.
Besides, the joint exercise and drill will play an effective role in the development of the blue economy, tackle bilateral maritime security risk, and ensure regional maritime security.