India, Japan concludes three days of naval exercise JIMEX-2020
During JIMEX 2020, the ships from both Japan and India undertook anti-submarine and anti-warfare exercises, tracking, weapon firings, and tactical manoeuvres.
The 4th edition of India-Japan maritime bilateral exercise- JIMEX, between the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the Indian Navy, completed the 3 days of exercise on September 28, 2020.
The naval exercise between the two nations was held in the North Arabian Sea from September 26 to September 28, 2020, and it was led by CCF2 & FOCWF. The exercises were conducted in no contact format and ships waved goodbye farewell to each other before parting ways.
During the exercise, the ships from both Japan and India undertook anti-submarine and anti-warfare exercises, tracking, weapon firings, and tactical manoeuvres. Surveillance helos and aircrafts also participated, making JIMEX 2020 the most intensive edition so far.
On the second day as well, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the Indian Navy ships undertook seamanship evolutions, weapon drills, and other advanced exercises.
03 day #IndiaJapan #JIMEX2020 successfully completed (26-28 Sept). #JIMEX2020 will further enhance⬆️ cooperation & mutual confidence between @IndianNavy🇮🇳 & @JMSDF_PAO🇯🇵 and fortify long standing bond of friendship between #IndiaJapan. 🇮🇳🤝🇯🇵@jmsdf_pao_eng @MEAIndia @PMOIndia https://t.co/pikXjjDPEH pic.twitter.com/gzFZuoJiEl— India in Japanインド大使館 (@IndianEmbTokyo) September 29, 2020
Significance of JIMEX 2020:
The maritime bilateral exercise between India and Japan- JIMEX 2020 will help in further enhancing the cooperation and mutual confidence between the two nations. The naval exercise will also fortify the long-standing bond of friendship between the two countries.
Naval cooperation between India and Japan:
The naval cooperation between both nations has increased in scope and complexity over the years. The advanced level of exercises and operations planned during JIMEX-2020 are indicative of the continued efforts by both the governments. It also encourages bot India and Japan to work closely for a more open, secure, and inclusive global commons, as in accordance with the International regulations.
JIMEX series of exercises had commenced in January 2012 along with a special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX conducted in October 2018 in Vishakhapatnam, India.