The 4th version of the biennial India and Japan naval exercise JIMEX-20 is beneath method in the North Arabian Sea, the Navy stated. This is the primary exercise following the conclusion of the mutual logistics assist settlement early this month.
The maritime cooperation has considerably elevated between the 2 sides with concentrate on data sharing and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and Indo-Pacific.
“JIMEX-20 will showcase high degree of inter-operability and joint operational skills through conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the spectrum of maritime operations,” the Navy stated in a press release. Multi-faceted tactical workout routines involving weapon firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and complicated floor, anti-submarine and air warfare drills will consolidate coordination developed by the 2 navies, it stated.
Stating that the naval cooperation has elevated in scope and complexity over time, the Navy stated superior stage of operations and workout routines deliberate throughout JIMEX-20 are indicative of “the continued upswing in Indo-Japanese defence relations and continued efforts by both governments to work closely for a more secure, open and inclusive global commons, in accordance with international regulations.”
The three-day warfare video games which started on Saturday are being performed in a “non-contact at-sea-only format”, in view of the COVID-19 restrictions.
The Navy has deployed indigenous stealth destroyer INS Chennai, stealth frigate INS Tarkash and fleet Tanker Deepak whereas the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has deployed Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Ikazuchi, a guided missile destroyer. The P8I long-range maritime patrol plane, integral helicopters and fighter plane can even take part, the Navy stated.
The two nations have made regular progress in MDA based mostly on the implementing association for deeper cooperation signed between the 2 navies. There has been a pointy improve in India’s maritime interactions with the Quad nations on a bilateral foundation centred round data sharing for improved MDA. The Andaman and Nicobar islands positioned near the strategic Strait of Malacca have been of curiosity to a number of nations together with Australia and Japan.