The fifth edition of India-Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise (JIMEX) will be held in the Arabian Sea from October 6 to 8 with special focus on maritime security cooperation, the Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday. JIMEX, a series of maritime exercises that commenced in January 2012, is conducted by the Indian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in September 2020.
“JIMEX-21 aims to develop a common understanding of operational procedures and enhance inter-operability 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,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
The indigenous-built guided missile stealth destroyer ‘Kochi’ and the guided-missile frigate ‘Teg’, under the command of Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, who is the flag officer commanding the western fleet, will represent the Indian Navy. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force will be represented by JMSDF ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Carrier and Murasame, a Guided Missile Destroyer, led by Rear Admiral IkeuchiIzuru, Commander Escort Flotila – 3 (CCF-3).
P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, integral helicopters and MiG 29K fighter aircraft will also participate in the exercise. P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, integral helicopters and MiG 29K fighter aircraft will also participate in the exercise.