JIMEX 18: 3rd edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise begins in Visakhapatnam
The 3rd edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) commenced at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. JIMEX-18 is aimed to enhance interoperability, improve understanding and imbibe best practices between navies of two countries.
JIMEX 18 will be spread over eight days from 7 to 15 October 2018 and will comprise Harbour Phase and Sea Phase of four days each. Harbour Phase of will include professional and social interactions between ship’s crews, operational planning for sea phase and sports fixtures. Sea Phase will include anti-submarine warfare exercises, gun firings, VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure) drills, cross deck helo operations and coordinated operations in anti-submarine and anti-air threat scenarios.
In this edition of exercise, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) is represented by Kaga, an Izumo class helicopter destroyer, Inazuma – a guided missile destroyer and Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4). Indian Navy will be represented by three indigenously designed and built warships – INS Satpura, multipurpose stealth frigate, INS Kadmatt, Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette, Missile Corvette and INS Shakti and fleet tanker. In addition, one submarine, P8I long range maritime patrol aircraft and number of integral helicopters are also participating in the exercise.
India and Japan maritime exercise JIMEX was started in January 2012 with special focus on on Maritime Security Cooperation. It was held for first time was conducted off Japanese coast. The last (second) edition of JIMEX was conducted in Dec 2013 off Chennai coast, India.
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