- The sixth JIMEX is important not only because India and Japan are taking part in the Quad, but also because it marks 10 years since the first JIMEX.
- India and Japan also agreed that their air forces would soon take part in a "India-Japan Fighter Exercise" and that they would keep working toward a more complex and advanced bilateral exercise.
This week, the sixth Japan India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) took place in the Bay of Bengal. “Bridges of friendship” and the ability of the two Indo-Pacific countries to work together were two of the main themes.
The exercise began on September 11, just a few days after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with his Japanese counterpart Yasukazu Hamada in Tokyo for the 2+2 India-Japan ministerial dialogue.
As part of the two phases of JIMEX, which include exercises at sea and a port phase in Visakhapatnam, two of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force Ships (JMSDF) took part: the helicopter carrier Izumo and the guided missile destroyer Takanami.
6th Ed of #Japan🇯🇵-#India🇮🇳 Maritime Ex 2022 #JIMEX22 is underway in #BayofBengal.#JMSDF ships Izumo & Takanami exercising with #IndianNavy ships, submarines, MIG 29K fighters & Long Range #MaritimePatrolAircraft & ship borne helos.#interoperability@jmsdf_pao_eng @IN_HQENC pic.twitter.com/0PL2RHlMo7
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) September 13, 2022
India, on the other hand, brought three of its own naval warships. Two of them, the Kadmatt and the Kavaratti, are Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes, and the Sahyadri is a multi-purpose stealth frigate.
“Also taking part in the exercise are the Guided Missile Destroyer Ranvijay, the Fleet Tanker Jyoti, the Offshore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, submarines, MIG 29K fighter planes, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and ship-based helicopters,” the Indian Navy said.
The sixth JIMEX is important not only because India and Japan are taking part in the Quad, but also because it marks 10 years since the first JIMEX. It has also been 70 years since India and Japan set up diplomatic relations.
“JIMEX 22 aims to build on the high level of cooperation between the maritime forces of the two countries,” the Navy said. This will be done through complex exercises in the surface, subsurface, and air domains.
On September 8, a joint statement came out of the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between India and Japan. It said that Japan was “determined to fundamentally strengthen defence capabilities” and that India was “supportive of working toward improved security and defence cooperation.”
India and Japan also agreed that their air forces would soon take part in a “India-Japan Fighter Exercise” and that they would keep working toward a more complex and advanced bilateral exercise.