Japan-India Maritime Exercise 2018
Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Inazuma, a guided missile destroyer, arrived in the Vizag to participate in the third edition of the Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX)-2018, which began on Sunday.
Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Inazuma, a guided missile destroyer, arrived in the Vizag to participate in the third edition of the Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX)-2018, which began on Sunday. The exercise will complete on October 15. Ships from Japan will participate in the exercise with the ships from the Eastern Naval Command (ENC). The JMSDF ships are under the control of Rear-Admiral Tatsuya Fukada, Commander, Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4). The JIMEX-18 is aimed at enhancing the interoperability, improving the understanding the best practices of both of both the navies, a communiqué released by the ENC expressed.
The Indian Navy will be represented by three domestically designed and built warships and a Fleet Tanker. The ships participating in the joint exercise are INS Satpura, a multi-purpose stealth frigate, INS Kadmatt, 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 also be participating. The Indian ships would be under the command of Rear-Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet.
JIMEX-18, spread over eight days, will comprise four days a Harbour Phase and four days Sea Phase.
The Harbour Phase of the exercise, which was scheduled to be organised from October 7 to 10, will include social and professional interactions between the crew members of the ships of both the navies,
sports fixtures and operational planning for the Sea Phase.
The Sea Phase includes VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure) Drills, Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercises, Cross Deck Helo Operations and coordinated operations in Anti-Submarine and Anti-Air threat scenarios.
The JMSDF ships participated in the recently concluded MALABAR-18 off Guam coast in the Pacific Ocean along with with the Indian and US Navy units, in June and biennial multilateral exercise RIMPAC-18 off Hawaii coast in the U.S.