India, Japan begin anti-submarine warfare exercise

Oct 30, 2017 12:08 IST
India, Japan begin anti-submarine warfare exercise

The naval forces of India and Japan initiated an intensive air anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean on 29 October 2017. The exercise will conclude on 31 October 2017.

The exercise would witness participation from a P-8 I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti Submarine Warfare aircraft of Indian Navy and two P-3 Orion Anti Submarine Warfare aircraft of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMDSF).

The P-3 Orion aircraft reached the Naval Air Station INS Hansa in Goa on 29 October for the exercise.

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Background

• The exercise is happening at a time when the presence of Chinese ships and submarines in the Indian Ocean has increased.

• Maritime security and freedom of navigation has also figured prominently in India's recent bilateral and multi-lateral defence dialogues.

• India and Japan, along with US had also focused on anti-submarine warfare in the trilateral exercise Malabar, which took place in July 2017.

• Maritime security was also a key subject during interactions between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and French Defence Minister Florence Parly, as well as with US Defence Secretary James Mattis during their recent visits.

• It was also the focus when then Defence Minister Arun Jaitley went to Japan for a bilateral defence dialogue in September.

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