Recently, a Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) was conducted between Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and Indian Navy in the Andaman Sea.

  1. Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX)
  2. Malabar Exercise (India – US – Japan – Australia)

The exercises were aimed at enhancing interoperability and streamlining seamanship and communication procedures.

  • This exercise is part of the ongoing efforts between the two navies towards ensuring safe and secure international shipping and trade in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
  • The two countries have been carrying out regular exercises in IOR towards reinforcing maritime association.


  • INS Sukanya, an offshore patrol vessel of the Indian Navy.
  • The Sukanya class patrol vessels are large, offshore patrol craft.
  • Three lead ships were built by Korea Tacoma, now part of Hanjin Group.
  • Vessels of the Sukanya class are named after notable women from Indian epics.
  • The Sukanya class have large hulls, although they are lightly armed since they are utilized primarily for offshore patrol of India’s exclusive economic zone.
  • JS Samidare, a Murasame class destroyer of Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.
  • JS Samidare (DD-106) is the sixth ship of the Murasame-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
  • Seamanship activities, aircraft operations and tactical manoeuvres as part of the operational interaction.


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