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Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Japan and India (JIMEX 18)

Published: 16th Oct, 2018

Bilateral maritime exercise JIMEX-18 between India and Japan was held in Visakhapatnam.


Bilateral maritime exercise JIMEX-18 between India and Japan was held in Visakhapatnam.  


  • The nine-day event is aimed at enhancing inter-operability, improving understanding and imbibing the best practices of each other.
  • From Japanese side, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) with Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Inazuma – a Guided Missile Destroyer is taking part.
  • The IN was represented by three indigenously designed and built warships and a Fleet Tanker.
  • JIMEX-18 comprised of harbour phase and sea phase.
    • The Harbour Phase of the exercise will include professional and social interactions between ship’s crews, sports fixtures and operational planning for the Sea Phase.
    • The Sea Phase would include Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercises, VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure) Drills, Gun Firings, Cross Deck Helo Operations and coordinated operations in Anti-Submarine/ Anti-Air threat scenarios.
  • The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in Dec 2013 off Chennai.
  • Indo-Japanese Navies also participated in the recently concluded MALABAR 18 in the Pacific Ocean and biennial multilateral exercise RIMPAC-18 off Hawaii, USA.
  • In addition, the ships of the two navies have been working in close coordination in Anti-Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden for the past few years.


The conduct of JIMEX-18 after five years is indicative of an upswing in the Indo-Japanese defense relations and the continued efforts of both Governments to work closely to enhance safety and security of the global commons in keeping with ‘rule based order’.

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