The Indian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force conducted their first ever bilateral naval exercise during a visit of four Indian Navy ships to Japan from June 5 to 9 as part of the scheduled Overseas Fleet Deployment.
The exercise was conducted off the coast of Japan on 09-10 June, 2012.
The conduct of the bilateral naval exercises between both countries was decided during the visit of Defence Minister A.K. Antony to Japan in November 2011.
Units of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) participated and included assets such as two destroyers, one maritime patrol aircraft, and a helicopter. Indian Naval units participating are INS Rana, INS Shivalik, INS Karmukh and INS Shakti.
India’s four ships entered Tokyo on 05 Jun 12 after visiting Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and Republic of Korea. The three day stay in Tokyo coincides with commemoration of 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Japan.
Both navies will also conduct routine passage exercises (PASSEX) during the visit of Japanese ships to Indian ports this year.
The engagement between the navies of India and Japan is part of the overall defence cooperation between both countries.
Defence exchanges between India and Japan presently comprise annual defence minister level meetings, defence policy dialogue at defence secretary level and army and naval staff talks.
The four ships of the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy, under the command of Rear Admiral P Ajit Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet are on a sustained operational deployment to the South China Sea and North West Pacific. The two month long deployment which commenced in end May 2012 enables Navy-to-Navy cooperation with the numerous navies across the region as well as demonstrates the Indian Navy`s operational reach. After the exercise, the ships visited Beijing and Port Kelang, Malaysia in mid-Jun 12.
During the deployment the ships participate in passage exercises with the respective Navies of countries visited. The focus of `Passage Exercises` is primarily in the sphere of Maritime Security Cooperation. These include Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief (HADR) operations and Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) drills, which form a part of Anti-Piracy operations. Exercises of these nature enhance inter-operability thereby enabling the two navies to smoothly function together in the sphere of maritime security / HADR operations, should the need arise.
In addition, during the port visits, the Fleet Commander along with the Commanding Officers of the ships, meet high-ranking officials of the Navy, state administration, port management, coastal security organization, police, and other stakeholders of maritime security in the countries visited in order to share professional experiences and exchange best practices in areas of mutual interest.
Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command is also visiting Tokyo to witness the first JIMEX.
The government has been deploying ships of the Indian Navy on Eastbound long range deployments in keeping with India`s `Look East` policy, to strengthen military ties with the countries of this strategically important region.
Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori’s visit to India in August 2000 provided the momentum to strengthen the Japan-India relationship. At that time, Mr. Mori and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee decided on establishing the “Global Partnership between Japan and India”.
Since Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visit to India in April 2005, the Japan-India annual summit meetings have been held in the countries’ respective capitals. During Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Japan in December 2006, the Japan-India relationship was elevated to a “Global and Strategic Partnership”.
Most recently in December 2011, Prime Minister Noda paid a state visit to Delhi and had a summit meeting with Prime Minister Singh. After the meeting, the two Prime Ministers signed a Joint Statement entitled, “Vision for the Enhancement of Japan-India Strategic and Global Partnership upon entering the year of 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations.”
Japan-India Trade (Yen: billion)
|Trade from India to Japan||283||352||472||491||544||348||497|
|Trade from Japan to India||329||388||518||723||819||591||792|
Direct Investment from Japan (Yen: billion)
|Direct Investment from Japan||15.0||29.8||59.7||178.2||542.9||344.3||241.1|
Number of Japanese nationals residing in India: 4,501 (as of October, 2010)
Number of Indian nationals residing in Japan: 22,497 (as of December, 2010)
Bilateral Treaties & Agreements
- Treaty of Peace (1952)
- Agreement for Air Service (1956)
- Cultural Agreement (1957)
- Agreement of Commerce (1958)
- Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (1960)
- Agreement on Cooperation in the field of Science and Technology (1985)
- Japan-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (2011)
(PIB 05JUN12/08JUN12; MOFA 2012)