India-Japan maritime exercise begins in Bay of Bengal
The Indian Navy in partnership with the Japanese Navy conducted a maritime exercise in the Bay of Bengal. Naval cooperation between India and Japan has increased in scope and complexity over years.
The exercise was aimed at strengthening bilateral relations, promoting defence cooperation, enhancing mutual understanding and interoperability between the two navies and sharing best practices.
On Thursday, Indian Naval ships Shivalik and Kadmatt undertook a Maritime Partnership Exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) Ships Uraga and Hirado in the Bay of Bengal.
Both JMSDF ships are part of Minesweeper Division One and are on deployment to the Indian Ocean Region with Captain Noguchi Yasushi, Commander Minesweeper Division One embarked onboard JS Uraga.
The maritime partnership exercise included a wide range of maritime operations, flying operations, replenishment approaches, and tactical manoeuvres.
“The entire exercise was planned and conducted in a non-contact mode, thereby adhering to Covid safety norms,” Indian Navy said.
Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) series of exercises had commenced in January 2012 with a special focus on maritime security cooperation. JIMEX-21 was aimed to develop a common understanding of operational procedures and enhance interoperability through the conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the entire spectrum of maritime operations.
Multi-faceted tactical exercises involving weapon firings, cross-deck helicopter operations, and complex surface, anti-submarine, and air warfare drills will consolidate coordination developed by the two navies.
Last year India and Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise, JIMEX, between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) was held in Arabian Sea from October 6 to October 8.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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