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India, Japan conduct 6th edition of maritime exercise ‘JIMEX’

Source : Asian News International (ANI)

India, Japan conduct 6th edition of maritime exercise ‘JIMEX’
The sixth edition Japan-India Maritime Exercise is under way in Bay of Bengal. (Courtesy: Twitter | @indiannavy)

New Delhi: The sixth edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise 2022 (JIMEX 22) hosted by the Indian Navy began in the Bay of Bengal on September 11.

The Indian Navy is represented by three indigenously designed and built warships, Sahyadri, a multi-purpose stealth frigate and Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes Kadmatt and Kavaratti. Additionally, Guided Missile Destroyer Ranvijay, Fleet Tanker Jyoti, Offshore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, submarines, MIG 29K fighter aircraft, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft and ship-borne helicopters are also participating in the exercise, read the Indian Navy press release.

The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships are being led by R Adm Hirata Toshiyuki, Commander Escort Flotilla Four, and Indian Naval ships by R Adm Sanjay Bhalla, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

The Indian Naval ships welcomed JMSDF ships Izumo, a Helicopter Carrier, and Takanami, a Guided Missile Destroyer, on their arrival in the Bay of Bengal, added the release.

JIMEX 22 involves two Phases; exercises at sea and a harbour phase at Visakhapatnam.

This edition marks the 10th anniversary of JIMEX, which began in Japan in 2012. It also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Japan.

JIMEX 22 seeks to consolidate the high degree of interoperability between the two countries maritime forces through complex exercises in the surface, sub-surface and air domains.

The exercises were aimed at enhancing interoperability and streamlining seamanship and communication procedures.

This exercise is part of the ongoing efforts between the two navies toward ensuring safe and secure international shipping and trade in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

The two countries have been carrying out regular exercises in IOR towards reinforcing maritime association. (ANI)

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