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India & Japan Bilateral Maritime Exercise 'JIMEX 18' started at Visakhapatnam



India & Japan Bilateral Maritime Exercise 'JIMEX 18' started at Visakhapatnam: Details, Aim, Benefits, Highlights

India and Japan joint Bilateral Maritime Exercise 'JIMEX-18', started on 7th October 2018 in Visakhapatnam.

JIMEX-18 bilateral exercise is a nine-day long event aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing the best practices of India & Japan's navies.

Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships Kaga, an Izumo-class helicopter destroyer, and Inazuma, a guided missile destroyer, have arrived to take part in the JIMEX-18 exercise.

The Indian Navy would be represented by three indigenously-designed warships and a fleet tanker. The participating ships are INS Satpura, a multi-purpose stealth frigate, INS Kadmatt, an anti-submarine warfare corvette, missile corvette, and INS Shakti, the fleet tanker.

In addition, one submarine, P8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft and a number of integral helicopters would be participating in the exercise, the Navy said.

The JIMEX-18 exercise will comprise a harbor phase and a sea phase of four days each.

The JIMEX-18 after five years is indicative of an upswing in the Indo-Japanese defense relations and the continued efforts of both Governments to work closely to enhance safety and security of the global commons in keeping with 'rule-based order,' the Navy said.

The JIMEX exercise, the last edition was held in December 2013 off the Chennai coast.



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