With focus on Indo-Pacific, Japan and India hold joint naval exercise in Bay of Bengal


The sixth version of the Japan India Maritime Train (JIMEX) is underway within the Bay of Bengal since Sunday and includes advanced tactical drills in all dimensions of naval warfare to reinforce interoperability between the 2 key maritime forces within the Indo-Pacific.

The JIMEX sequence of workouts started in January 2012 with a particular give attention to maritime safety cooperation between India and Japan. Its final version was performed in October 2021 within the Arabian Sea.

Rear Admiral Hirata Toshiyuki, Commander of the Escort Flotilla 4 leads the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Drive (JMSDF) ships that embrace the helicopter provider Izumo and guided-missile destroyer Takanami. From the Indian Navy, stealth multi-role frigate INS Sahyadri and anti-submarine warfare corvettes INS Kadmatt and INS Kavaratti led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Bhalla, Flag Officer Commanding Japanese Fleet, are taking part within the train.

A tweet from India’s Japanese Naval Command mentioned Monday that JIMEX “seeks to strengthen the shut hyperlinks & interoperability between IN and JMSDF by way of the conduct of advanced workouts in all dimensions of naval warfare.” The 2-phase train will embrace drills of the ocean section within the Bay of Bengal and the harbour section in Visakhapatnam. Together with the help ships, a number of airborne belongings, together with fighter jets, patrol plane and helicopters, may even be a part of the train.

Officers mentioned JIMEX goals to develop a typical understanding of operational procedures and improve interoperability by way of the conduct of drills throughout your entire spectrum of maritime operations. The train contains weapon firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and sophisticated floor, anti-submarine and air warfare drills.

The naval train is essential contemplating the function of the 2 nations within the Indo-Pacific area together with Australia and the USA, which collectively kind the strategically important Quad or the Quadrilateral Safety Dialogue.

A joint assertion issued after the summit assembly between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Fumio Kishida in March earlier this yr had mentioned, “The Prime Ministers emphasised that India and Japan, as two main powers within the Indo-Pacific area, had a shared curiosity within the security and safety of the maritime area, freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded lawful commerce and peaceable decision of disputes with full respect for authorized and diplomatic processes in accordance with worldwide legislation.”

“With their dedication to selling peace, safety, and prosperity within the Indo-Pacific area, the Prime Ministers affirmed the significance of bilateral and plurilateral partnerships amongst like-minded nations of the area, together with the quadrilateral cooperation amongst Australia, India, Japan, and the USA (the Quad),” it added.

The train is going down after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held the India-Japan 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in Tokyo by which the Japanese facet was represented by Minister of Defence Yasukazu Hamada and Minister of Overseas Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi.

The Indian Military and Japanese Floor Self Defence Drive additionally conduct the annual joint train Dharma Guardian. The Air Forces of the 2 nations are working in direction of holding a joint air warfare train quickly.

In his speech on the commissioning of INS Vikrant in Kochi, PM Modi mentioned, “The altering world dynamics have made the world multipolar. That’s the reason it’s essential to maintain a futuristic viewpoint in direction of world dynamics. For instance, the realm of Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean Area have been at all times uncared for previously, however they’re now a strategic precedence for our nation.”

In the meantime on Monday, stealth multi-role frigate INS Satpura and a P-8I Maritime Patrol Plane of the Indian Navy reached Darwin in Australia to take part within the multinational Train Kakadu – 2022, hosted by the Royal Australian Navy. The 2-week-long train, each in harbour and sea, entails ships and maritime plane from 14 navies. Through the harbour section of the train, the ship’s crew will interact in operational planning interactions and sports activities actions with the taking part naval forces.