Indian stealth frigate INS Shivalik and anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kadmatt undertook a maritime exercise with ships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) Uraga and Hirado in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday, the Indian Navy said on Friday.
Both the Japanese ships are part of Minesweeper Division One and are on deployment to the Indian Ocean Region with Captain Noguchi Yasushi.
The exercise is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations, promoting defence cooperation and enhancing mutual understanding and inter-operability between the two navies besides sharing best practices.
These include a wide range of maritime operations like flying, replenishment approaches and tactical manoeuvres, said the Indian Navy.
With converging geo-economic and geo-strategic interests, the strategic and global partnership has significantly grown between India and Japan in recent years.
With 90 per cent of trade of India and Japan carried out through the sea lanes in the Indo-Pacific region, maritime cooperation between the two countries becomes all the more important, more so due to China’s growing footprints in the region.
The entire exercise was planned and conducted in a non contact mode, keeping in mind the spread of Covid 19.