Bangkok: India and Thailand have agreed to forge and enhance naval cooperation including sharing of data and information on shipping, which will help the two navies jointly address any emerging threats and challenges.
During talks by visiting Indian Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan, the two nations explored more avenues to further strengthen relationship in accordance with India's "Act East Policy".
Dhowan yesterday held wide ranging talks with his Thai counterpart Admiral Khamthorn Pumhiran on sharing of data and information on shipping, training and on giving more content to Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT).
India-Thailand defence cooperation includes regular joint exercises, training of officers at each other's armed forces training institutions and exchange visits at various levels.
India and Thailand share a maritime boundary in the Andaman Sea. The Navy-to-Navy cooperation is the leading component of the defence cooperation between the two countries.
The Indian Navy regularly interacts with Royal Thailand Navy through Navy-to-Navy staff talks. The Thai also side referred to cooperation on humanitarian assistance to sea migrants and anti-piracy, sources said.
Dhowan who is on a two-nation tour of Singapore and Thailand, today met the Thai Permanent Secretary of Defence, Gen Sirachai Distakul.
General Sirachai had led a 13-member delegation to India in March to examine possible cooperation in defence production, research and sourcing.
Both navies also interact in multilateral fora such as Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), MILAN held biennially at Port Blair.
The Indian Navy and Thai Navy conduct Coordinated Patrolling (CORPAT) across International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice a year.
Exchange of best practises and experiences and cooperation in Meteorology/Tsunami warning is another area where both navies cooperate.
India's relationship with Thailand has evolved into a comprehensive partnership.
India's 'Act East' policy has been complemented by Thailand's 'Look West' policy and has assisted in bringing the two countries together.