The Japan-India Maritime Exercise 2023 (JIMEX 23) is back for its seventh edition, and this time it’s taking place in Visakhapatnam from 5th to 10th July 2023. This exercise holds special significance as it marks the 11th anniversary of JIMEX since its inception in 2012.

The participating forces in this year’s JIMEX 23 are the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) units, led by RAdm Nishiyama Takahiro, Commander Escort Flotilla One, and the Indian Naval ships commanded by RAdm Gurcharan Singh, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

The lineup of participating vessels and aircraft is impressive. From the Indian side, we have INS Delhi, India’s first indigenously built Guided Missile Destroyer, along with INS Kamorta, an indigenously designed and built Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette, and fleet tanker INS Shakti. Adding to the strength is a submarine, maritime patrol aircraft P8I and Dornier, ship-borne helicopters, and fighter aircraft. Representing JMSDF is the guided missile destroyer JS Samidare, accompanied by its integral helicopters.

JIMEX 23 will span six days and will be divided into two phases. The first phase, known as the Harbour Phase, will take place in Visakhapatnam and will include professional, sports, and social interactions between the two navies. Following this, the second phase will focus on honing warfighting skills at sea and enhancing interoperability through complex multi-discipline operations in the surface, sub-surface, and air domains.

Over the years, JIMEX has grown both in scope and complexity. JIMEX 23 presents an excellent opportunity for the Indian Navy and JMSDF to exchange and learn from each other’s best practices. It serves as a platform to foster mutual cooperation and reaffirm their shared commitment towards maritime security in the region. The exercise not only strengthens bilateral ties but also contributes to the overall stability and peace in the Indo-Pacific region.

As JIMEX 23 unfolds, the world will witness the seamless coordination and joint efforts of the Indian and Japanese naval forces, further deepening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

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