Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Ships Kaga and Inazuma arrived in Visakhapatnam, India to participate in the third edition of the Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX)-2018, which began on Sunday (Oct. 7). The exercise will conclude on October 15. The Japanese ships will participate in the exercise with the ships from the Indian Eastern Naval Command (ENC). The JIMEX-18 is aimed at enhancing the interoperability, improving the understanding the best practices of both the navies, a communiqué released by the ENC said.
The Indian Navy will be represented by INS Satpura, INS Kadmatt and INS Shakti. In addition, one submarine, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft and a number of integral helicopters would also be participating.
JIMEX-18, spread over eight days, will comprise a Harbour Phase and a Sea Phase of four days each.
The Harbour Phase of the exercise, which was scheduled to be organised from October 7 to 10, will include professional and social interactions between the crew members of the ships of both the navies, sports fixtures and operational planning for the Sea Phase.
The Sea Phase includes Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercises, VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure) Drills, Gun Firings, Cross Deck Helo Operations and coordinated operations in Anti-Submarine and Anti-Air threat scenarios.