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India, Japan navies hold joint military exercise

Published: October 9, 2018

STORY: The third edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) was carried out by the naval forces on Monday (October 08) in southern port city of Visakhapatnam.

The exercise that began on Sunday (October 05) will conclude on Monday (October 15). It aims to improve interoperability and imbibe the best of the practices.

The Indian Navy is represented by three indigenously designed and built warships and a fleet tanker including, INS Satpura, anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kadmatt, missile corvette and fleet tanker INS Shakti. India will also use one submarine, one P8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft during the exercise. Whereas, the Japanese side is taking part in the exercise with its Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships Kaga, an Izumo-class helicopter destroyer, and Inazuma, a guided missile destroyer.

The Indian fleet will operate under Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet of Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi and Commander, Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4) Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukada, will lead the Japanese Navy.

The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in December 2013.

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