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JIMEX 2022: India and Japan Begin Joint Naval exercise at Bay of Bengal

Japan-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise – Jimex 2022 – Indian Navy hosted the 6th edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise 2022 (JIMEX 22) in the Bay of Bengal on 11th September 2022. The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships have participated in the Japan-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise – Jimex 2022. JMSDF ships were led by R Adm Hirata Toshiyuki, Commander Escort Flotilla Four, and Indian Naval ships by R Adm Sanjay Bhalla, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

  • From the Indian side, three indigenously designed and built warships; Sahyadri, a multi-purpose stealth frigate and Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes Kadmatt and Kavaratti joined the exercise.
  • Moreover, Guided Missile Destroyer Ranvijay, Fleet Tanker Jyoti, Offshore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, submarines, MIG 29K fighter aircraft, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft and ship-borne helicopters also participated in the exercise.
  • Jimex 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of JIMEX, which began in Japan in 2012 and highlights the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between both nations.

Japan-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise – Jimex 2022

  • The main purpose of the JIMEX exercise is to boost a common understanding of operational procedures.
  • It also aims to enhance interoperability through the conduct of drills across the entire spectrum of maritime operations between India and Japan.
  • The first ever Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) was held in the Bay of Bengal from 19th December to 22nd December 2013.

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