The naval forces of Japan and India have concluded the week-long bilateral maritime exercise, Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) 2022.
The conclusion of the exercise was marked by a customary steam passage through the Bay of Bengal on 17 September.
Hosted by the Indian Navy, the sixth iteration of JIMEX began on September 11 and consisted of two different phases, including at sea and a port phase, conducted in Visakhapatnam, India.
Marking 70 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Japan, this year’s bilateral effort marked the tenth anniversary of JIMEX, which began in 2012.
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Izumo-class multipurpose helicopter carrier, JS Izumo, and Takanami-class destroyer, JS Takanami, participated in the exercise.
Meanwhile, Indian Navy assets included three indigenous warships including a Shivalik Sahyadri-class multi-purpose stealth frigate and two anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvettes Kadmatt and Kavaratti.
In addition, Indian Navy fleet tanker Jyoti, offshore patrol boat Sukanya, guided missile destroyer Ranvijay, MIG 29K fighter jets, ship-borne helicopters, long-range maritime patrol aircraft as well as submarines. sailors also participated in JIMEX 22.
The Indian Navy ships were led by the Commander Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral Sanjay Bhalla, while the JMSDF ships were led by the Commander Escort Flotilla Four, Rear Admiral Hirata Toshiyuki.
As part of JIMEX 22, the JMSDF and Indian Navy collectively undertook a series of complex exercises including advanced level ASW, gunfire as well as air defense drills.
The forces also carried out replenishment at sea, as part of the reciprocal provision of supplies and services pact between the two nations.
According to JMSDF, the exercise allowed the forces to improve their tactical capabilities and strengthen interoperability between them.