Recently, Japan hosted the eighth edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise- 24.

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  • The Indian Navy (IN) is represented by INS Shivalik and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is represented by the Guided Missile Destroyer JS Yugiri.
    The Shivalik class is a multi-role stealth frigate in service with the Indian Navy. They are the first stealth warships built in India.
  • The exercise includes both harbour and sea phases. 
  • The harbour phase will comprise professional, sports and social interactions, after which the two navies will jointly hone their warfighting skills at sea 


  • It is a bilateral naval exercise between the navies of India and Japan.
  • The first edition of the JIMEX exercise was held in 2012.

Significance of the JIMEX 

  • It provides an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices and facilitates operational interactions between the Indian Navy (IN) and Commander Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to foster mutual cooperation.
  • The increasingly frequent military drills ought to convey a distinct message to Beijing regarding the gradually forming coalition against it. 
  • This exercise contributes to the continuous collaboration between the two naval forces aimed at safeguarding international shipping and trade in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), ensuring its safety and security.

List of exercise between India and Japan 

  • Dharma Guardian (Army)
  • Malabar exercise (Naval Exercise)
  • ‘Veer Guardian’ and SHINYUU Maitri (Air Force)

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