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India and Japan demonstrate high-tempo naval interoperability at maritime exercise

Indian MiG-29K fighters seen here at drills with the JMSDF at JIMEX 2021. (Indian Ministry of Defence)

The navies of India and Japan have further demonstrated their ability to interoperate in high-tempo operations including co-ordinated anti-submarine warfare.

The drills were carried out at the fifth iteration of the bilateral Japan‐India Maritime Exercises (JIMEX) that took place in the Arabian Sea from 6 to 8 October, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed.

The Indian Navy was represented at the exercise by the Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyer INS Kochi, the Talwar-class guided-missile frigate INS Teg, a P-8I Neptune maritime multimission aircraft, a Dornier-228 maritime patrol aircraft, and MiG-29K fighters.

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) took part in the exercise with the Izumo-class helicopter carrier JS Kaga and its lead Murasame-class destroyer.

As part of the drills the P-8I aircraft exchanged information with the JMSDF vessels during a co-ordinated hunt for a simulated submarine that was deployed by the Japanese ships, according to an Indian MoD statement.

The vessels also conducted anti-aircraft missile firing drills and over-the-horizon (OTH) target acquisition exercises. The MiG-29K aircraft also carried out simulated strikes against surface targets, in co-ordination with JMSDF vessels.

“The complex maritime exercises undertaken will enable the two navies to further strengthen their already wide-ranging strategic partnership and, when required, to jointly safeguard their maritime interests and ensure peace, security and stability in the region”, the ministry added.

The two services also carried out replenishment-at-sea operations and cross-deck helicopter landing operations.

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