India, Japan naval exercise JIMEX begins from today in Arabian Sea
The fourth edition of the bilateral naval exercise JIMEX 20 will further strengthen the friendship between India and Japan
Indian and Japanese navies have begun the fourth edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) from today. The naval exercise, continuing till September 28, will take place in the North Arabian Sea.
“Bilateral Maritime Exercise Between Japan & India (#JIMEX 20) off the West Coast of India from 26 - 28 Sep 20,” the official handle of the Spokesperson of Indian Navy tweeted.
Bilateral Maritime Exercise Between Japan & India (#JIMEX 20) off West Coast of India from 26 - 28 Sep 20#BridgesofFriendship#Maritime #Security #Operations#IndianOcean#Naval #Cooperation#Interoperability@jmsdf_pao_eng@MIB_Indiahttps://t.co/8XHT3jfzoz— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) September 25, 2020
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JIMEX 20 is being conducted in a non-contact at-sea-only format, given COVID-19 restrictions.
The maritime exercise is being conducted in the backdrop of growing concerns over China's military activity in the Indian Ocean Region as well as in the Indo-Pacific.
JIMEX 20 will showcase a high degree of interoperability and joint operational skills through the conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the spectrum of maritime operations, said the Ministry of Defense in a statement.
“Multi-faceted tactical exercises involving weapon firings, cross deck helicopter operations and complex surface, anti-submarine, and air warfare drills will consolidate coordination developed by the two navies,” it said.
The advanced level of operations and exercises planned during JIMEX-20 are indicative of the continued upswing in Indo-Japanese defense relations and continued efforts by both governments to work closely for a more secure, open, and inclusive global commons, following international regulations.
Starting in 2012, JIMEX indicates the growing friendship between India and Japan.