India-Japan bilateral maritime exercise JIMEX 18 begins at Visakhapatnam

The third edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX), JIMEX 18  at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Ships under the command of Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukada, Commander of Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4), would be participating in the exercise along with the ships of Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy from October 7 to 15, 2018.

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About JIMEX 18

  • 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
  • The Sea Phase would include Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercises, VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure) Drills, Gun Firings, Cross Deck Helo Operations and coordinated operations in Anti-Submarine/ 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 guided missile destroyer and Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4).
  • Indian Navy will be represented by three indigenously designed and built warships INS Satpura, the 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 the number of integral helicopters are also participating in the exercise.

Background

  • India and Japan maritime exercise JIMEX was started in January 2012 with the special focus on Maritime Security Cooperation
  • It was held for the first time was conducted off the Japanese coast. The last (second) edition of JIMEX was conducted in Dec 2013 off Chennai coast, India.

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