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India and Japan will kick off three-day maritime drills in the northern Arabia Sea from Saturday, an Indian Navy spokesperson said on Friday, days after India conducted an exercise with Australia in the Indian Ocean.
- The India-Japan maritime bilateral exercise (JIMEX) is conducted biennially.
- Its last edition was conducted off the coast of Visakhapatnam in October 2018.
- The 4th edition of India – Japan Maritime bilateral exercise JIMEX will be held in North Arabian Sea from 26 to 28 September 2020.
- It is being conducted in a ‘non-contact at-sea-only format’, in view of COVID-19 restrictions.
- JIMEX series of exercises commenced in January 2012 with special focus on maritime security cooperation.
- Naval cooperation between India and Japan has increased in scope and complexity over the years.
- Advanced level of operations and exercises planned during JIMEX-20 are indicative of the continued upswing in Indo-Japanese defence relations.
- Both Governments work closely for a more secure, open and inclusive global commons, in accordance with international regulations.
- JIMEX 20 will showcase high degree of inter-operability and joint operational skills.
- It will also showcase conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the spectrum of maritime operations.