5th edition of India – Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise

The Indian Navy and The Japan maritime Self-Defence Force is scheduled to start the Fifth edition of India – Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise called in the Arabian Sea from October 6, 2021.

Key Facts

  • Last edition of the JIMEX exercise was held in September 2020.
  • During the three-day exercise, Indian navy will be represented by indigenously built Guided Missile Stealth Destroyer Kochi and Guided Missile Frigate Teg.
  • Missiles will be commanded by Ajay Kochhar, who is the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet Rear Admiral.
  • Japanese side will be represented by JMSDF ships Kaga, a Guided Missile Destroyer, an Izumo Class Helicopter Carrier and Murasame. It will be commanded by Commander Escort Flotila – 3 Rear Admiral IkeuchiIzuru.
  • Apart from these ships, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, integral helicopters, Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and MiG 29K fighter aircraft will also take part in the exercise.

Aim of the JIMEX-21

JIMEX-21 is being conducted with the aim of developing a common understanding of operational procedures and enhancing an inter-operability by conducting a multitude of advanced exercises, in the entire spectrum of maritime operations. These multi-faceted tactical exercises will consolidate the coordination developed by both the navies.

About JIMEX Exercise

JIMEX series of exercises was started in January 2012. It mainly focuses on maritime security cooperation. These exercises are conducted between Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, biennially.

Other Military Exercises between both the countries

Besides JIMEX, India and Japan conduct a joint land military exercise called ‘Dharma Guardian’, annually. They also conduct a Joint Air Force exercise called ‘Shinyuu Maitri’. India and Japan are also involved in a Trilateral Maritime Exercise called Malabar with the USA.

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