Naval Exercises Current Affairs - 2020

JIMEX 18: 3rd edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise begins in Visakhapatnam

The 3rd edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) commenced at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. JIMEX-18 is aimed to enhance interoperability, improve understanding and imbibe best practices between navies of two countries.

JIMEX 18

JIMEX 18 will be spread over eight days from 7 to 15 October 2018 and will comprise Harbour Phase and Sea Phase of four days each. Harbour Phase of will include professional and social interactions between ship’s crews, operational planning for sea phase and sports fixtures. Sea Phase will include anti-submarine warfare exercises, gun firings, VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure) drills, cross deck helo operations and coordinated operations in anti-submarine and anti-air threat scenarios.

In this edition of exercise, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) is represented by Kaga, an Izumo class helicopter destroyer, Inazuma – a guided missile destroyer and Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4). Indian Navy will be represented by three indigenously designed and built warships – INS Satpura, multipurpose stealth frigate, INS Kadmatt, Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette, Missile Corvette and INS Shakti and fleet tanker. In addition, one submarine, P8I long range maritime patrol aircraft and number of integral helicopters are also participating in the exercise.

Background

India and Japan maritime exercise JIMEX was started in January 2012 with special focus on on Maritime Security Cooperation. It was held for first time was conducted off Japanese coast. The last (second) edition of JIMEX was conducted in Dec 2013 off Chennai coast, India.

SLINEX-2018: India and Sri Lanka conducts joint naval exercise at Trincomalee

India, Sri Lanka joint naval exercise SLINEX-2018 was held at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka from September 7 to 13, 2018. SLINEX exercise started in 2005 was previously held once in two years and now it has been converted to annual event this year onwards.

SLINEX-2018

The exercise was conducted in two phases, namely Harbour and Sea Phase. These exercises involved joint training, exchange of expertise, helicopter and maritime patrol aircraft operations, search and rescue, and maneuvers at sea.  The exercise also involved sports fixtures and cultural events to provide opportunity for personnel from both navies to learn from each other and to build individual bonds of friendship and camaraderie. The scope of exercise was significantly increased this year, as it saw participation of three ships, two maritime patrol aircraft and one helicopter participating from Indian side. In addition, Sri Lanka Air Force personnel also participated in the exercise for first time.

Comment

SLINEX exercise is continuation of ongoing operational interaction between both navies wherein regular ships visits are being undertaken between the two countries. Converting it into annual event signifies desire of both countries to enhance co-operation in maritime domain and further strengthen mutual trust and interoperability between two navies.  SLINEX 2017 was held at Visakhapatnam in September 2017 wherein two ships SLNS participated from Sri Lanka Navy.