Indian Naval ships Satpura and Kadmatt reached Japan’s Sasebo on October
`12 and will be there for four days in pursuance of India’s ‘Act East Policy’,
an official statement said.
The visit of these ships is part the Indian Government’s initiatives to
strengthen the long standing, mutually supportive and strong relationship
between Japan and India. This historic relationship spans across the entire
spectrum of engagement between both countries - cultural, spiritual, economic
and security,” the statement said.
The visiting Indian Naval ships will engage with the Japan Maritime
Self-Defence Force in formal calls, and professional, social and sporting
interactions will be held.
After completion of the harbour phase, the ships will take part in Passage
Exercise (PASSEX) with the Murusame Class destroyer, JS Kirisame.
Since the first ‘Navy to Navy Staff Talks’ between the two nations in
November 2008, naval ties have reached new heights with bilateral and
multilateral exercises and enhanced cooperation in information sharing,
meteorology and oceanography, disaster management and military training, the
The defence and security interaction between both countries has since
expanded to encompass a Defence Policy Dialogue and a Maritime Affairs
The erstwhile Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) led to Japan
participating in the ‘Malabar’ exercise along with US and India since 2014.
JMSDF Ships Izumo and Sazanami participated in the recently concluded edition
of Malabar off Chennai.
Both navies have participated in each other’s International Fleet Reviews
(IFR) by deputing ships and high level delegations - while INS Sahyadri
participated in the IFR at Yokosuka in October 2015, JS Matsuyuki participated
in the IFR at Visakhapatnam in February 2016.
The Indian Navy and JMSDF also have strong bilateral defence training
cooperation, including at very senior levels. Further, in order to enhance
interoperability and understanding, seminars and short term exchange programmes
are conducted regularly in both countries with participation from both navies.
“Both navies look forward to enhanced cooperation in the fields of military
technology, white shipping, training, intelligence sharing, humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief and exchange of subject matter experts in
various fields,” the statement said.
relations between both countries at an all time high and more avenues under
consideration, the future looks promising with safer sea lanes and highly
modernised navies helping in fulfilling each other’s obligations,” it added.