Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kulish, an indigenously built missile corvette along with P8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) will undertake coordinated patrol with Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Cut Nyak Dien, a Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I) class corvette and a MPA of the Indonesian Navy.


  • As part of Government of India’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has been proactively engaging with countries in the Indian Ocean Region for Coordinated Patrols, cooperation in EEZ Surveillance, Passage exercises and Bilateral/ Multilateral exercises, towards enhancing regional maritime security
  • India and Indonesia have especially enjoyed a close and friendly relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions, which have strengthened over the years. 
  • To reinforce maritime links, the two navies have been carrying out CORPAT along their International Maritime Boundary Line since 2002, with the aim of ensuring safety and security of shipping and international trade in the region. 
  • CORPATs build up understanding and interoperability between navies and facilitate institution of measures to prevent and suppress Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery and piracy. 



  • Kulish is a surname of Ukrainian origin. In the Ukrainian language kulish means "millet porridge". 
  • Its Russian variation is kulesh which should be differentiated from kulesha (maize flour porridge). 
  • The word 'kulish' also appears in Rig Veda, the oldest epic of India where it means an instrument to cut and shape woods in general
  • Some Aryan tribes in the upper Himalaya still use this word with the same meaning.
  • Indian Naval Ship Kulish and maritime patrol aircraft Dornier arrived at Belawan, Indonesia for the closing ceremony of 31st India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (INDIA-INDO CORPAT) conducted from 06 to 09 June 2018. 
  • The visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain, consolidate interoperability and strengthen existing bonds of friendship between India and Indonesia.
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