The 6th edition of Japan India Maritime Exercise 2022 (JIMEX 22) hosted by Indian Navy commenced in the Bay of Bengal on 11th September 2022.
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ships are being led by R Adam Hirata Toshiyuki, Commander Escort Flotilla Four and the Indian Navy ships are being led by R Adam Sanjay Bhalla, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.
Indian Navy ships welcomed JMSDF ships Izumo, a helicopter carrier, and Takanami, a Guided Missile Destroyer, on their arrival in the Bay of Bengal.
Guided Missile Destroyer Rannvijay, Fleet Tanker Jyothi, Offshore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, Submarine, MIG29K Fighter Aircraft, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft and ship-borne helicopters are participating in the exercise.
The JIMEX 22 comprises two phases – the exercise at sea and the port phase at Visakhapatnam.
This edition marks the 10th anniversary of JIMEX, which debuted in Japan in 2012. It also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India & Japan.