Manjeet Negi

The fifth edition of the three-day India-Japan bilateral sea exercise, JIMEX, between the Indian Navy and the Japanese Navy Self-Defense Force in the Arabian Sea ended on Friday.

During the exercise, the ships and aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Indian Navy (IN) conducted a rapid pace of operations that focused on the air, surface and subterranean dimensions of maritime operations, as well as the air domain Statement said.

The indigenous guided missile stealth destroyer Kochi and the guided missile frigate Teg, under the command of Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, represented the Indian Navy in the three-day exercise Wednesday through Friday.

In the 5th edition of the bilateral #maritimen ex #JIMEX, ships and aircraft from @jmsdf_pao_eng & #IndianNavy were subjected to operations at a rapid pace with a focus on air, surface and underground dimensions from #MaritimeOps as well as Air Domain (1 / n) operated. #BridgesofFriendship https://t.co/Onxz9YNz7d pic.twitter.com/ZBHWLy1HXw

– SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) October 8, 2021

Beyond Visual Range (BVR) combat exercises of MiG 29K including simulated air strikes.
Precision, coordination and high interoperability as well as a high level of trust and understanding that has been built up over the years (4 / n). # StrategicPartnership # MaritimeInterest @ ModJapan_en @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/CHebPslPcY

– SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) October 8, 2021

The Indian Navy deployed a P8I, a land-based maritime reconnaissance aircraft, and MiG 29K fighters. The JMSDF is led by Rear Admiral IkeuchiIzuru, Commander, Escort Flotilla Three, consisting of the Izumo-class helicopter carrier Kaga and the guided missile destroyer Murasame. Both ships participated with integrated SH60K helicopters.

Determining the operational pace from the beginning, the units exercised the war scenario at sea with P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft of the Indian Navy, which provided maritime reconnaissance support to both navies. The units practiced Replenishment at Sea approaches and took over the connection of fuel rigs between Kaga and Kochi.

#WaratSea scenario practiced with #LRMP.
Over the horizon targeting, surface gun shots, advanced coordinated # submarine defense exercises, # air defense exercises on expendable aerial target & cross-deck landings of helos (3 / n). # Interoperability #MaritimeSecurity pic.twitter.com/u7JhyhjZ4N

– SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) October 8, 2021

#WaratSea scenario practiced with #LRMP.
Over the horizon targeting, surface gun shots, advanced coordinated # submarine defense exercises, # air defense exercises on expendable aerial target & cross-deck landings of helos (3 / n). # Interoperability #MaritimeSecurity pic.twitter.com/u7JhyhjZ4N

– SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) October 8, 2021

The exercise also included complex over the horizon targeting exercises and surface artillery shots at an expendable target. An advanced coordinated anti-submarine defense exercise with an underwater target deployed by JMSDF saw surface units and the Indian Navy P8I aircraft training with seamless coordination. Flag officers of the two armed forces also met during flight operations on the flight decks of Kochi and Kaga, in keeping with the true spirit of military friendship.

Air Domain operations included advanced anti-aircraft exercises on Expendable Aerial Target launched from the deck of INS Kochi and ship-guided Beyond Visual Range (BVR) combat exercises by IN’s MiG 29K fighters.

The exercise included high-pace flight operations with MiG 29K fighters arriving for multiple simulated air strikes on surface units led by IN’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Dornier. The bad weather could hardly prevent IN and JMSDF helicopters from making cross-deck landings, demonstrating a high level of interoperability.

The precision, coordination and high level of interoperability not only reflected the high standard of professionalism and readiness of the two navies to deal with threats at sea, but also the high level of trust and understanding they have built up over the years.

The complex maritime exercises carried out will enable the two navies to further strengthen their already far-reaching strategic partnership and, if necessary, to jointly safeguard their maritime interests and to ensure peace, security and stability in the region.

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