Maritime exercise 'JIMEX'
GS Paper - 3 (Defence Technology)
The fifth edition of the India-Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise (JIMEX) begins in the Arabian Sea on 6-8 October 2021. JIMEX-21 aims to develop a common understanding of operational procedures and enhance inter-operability through the conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the entire spectrum of maritime operations.
- 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.
- Indigenously built guided missile stealth destroyer 'Kochi' and guided-missile frigate 'Teg', under the command of Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, who is the flag officer commanding the western fleet will represent the Indian Navy.
- Naval cooperation between India and Japan has increased in scope and complexity over years.
- JIMEX-21 will further enhance the cooperation and mutual confidence between the two navies and fortify the long-standing bond of friendship between the two countries.
- The JIMEX series of exercises were commenced in January 2012 with a special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in September 2020.