Defence Cooperation Defence Cooperation

Defence Cooperation

Defence Cooperation. Defence and security relations between India and Japan evolved steadily over the years and now constitute a strong pillar of the India-Japan strategic partnership. There has been an increasing frequency of defence exchanges along the entire spectrum such as annual reciprocal visits between the Defence Ministers, newly established 2 plus 2 dialogue, Service to Service level Staff Talks, subscription to Training courses by Services, professional exchanges and visits between the Service and Cadet exchange programmes; in addition in numerous multilateral seminars/forums.

Joint Exercises.   Bilateral maritime exercise between IN and JMSDF (JIMEX 2020) was conducted in the Arabian Sea from 26 Sep to 28 Sep 2020. JIMEX 2020 showcased high degree of interoperability and joint exercises involving weapon firing, cross deck helicopter operations and complex surface, anti-submarine and air warfare drills were carried out.  Phase One of the 24th edition of Naval Exercise Malabar 2020 was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 03 Nov to 06 Nov 2020. This edition also saw the participation of Royal Australian Navy in the exercise. JS Onami, HMAS Ballarat, USS John S McCain participated in the “non contact, at sea only” exercise along with IN ships Ranvijay, Shivalik, Sukanya, Shakti and submarine Sindhuraj. This phase witnessed complex and advanced naval exercises including surface, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare operations, cross decks flying, seamanship evolutions and weapon firing exercises. The second phase of the exercise was conducted from 17 to 20 Nov 2020 in the Arabian Sea involving Vikramaditya CBG, USS Nimitz CBG, HMAS Ballarat and JS Murasame. High intensity naval operations including strike operations, combat training, underway replenishment and seamanship operations were conducted during this phase.