Published 19:30 IST, June 11th 2024

Indian Navy's Stealth Frigate, INS Shivalik Joins JMSDF in Yokosuka for JIMEX 24

This exercise underscores the strong maritime relationship between India and Japan, promoting operational cooperation.

Reported by: Yuvraj Tyagi
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INS Shivalik | Image: Indian Navy

Yokosuka, Japan: The Indian Navy’s indigenous stealth frigate, INS Shivalik, arrived at Yokosuka, Japan, to participate in the eighth edition of the Japan-India Maritime Exercise 2024 (JIMEX 24). The exercise, which has been held since 2012, aims to enhance cooperation and interoperability between the navies of India and Japan. INS Shivalik was warmly welcomed by Vice Admiral ITO Hiroshi, Commander of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Yokosuka District, and Ambassador Sibi George, Ambassador of India to Japan.  

INS Shivalik, also known as F47, is the lead ship of her class of stealth multi-role frigates built for the Indian Navy. She is the first stealth warship constructed by India, built at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. The construction of INS Shivalik began in 2001 and was completed in 2009. Following sea trials, she was commissioned on 29 April 2010. The frigate boasts advanced stealth and land-attack capabilities, surpassing the preceding Talwar-class frigates. Notably, she is the first Indian Navy ship to employ the Combined Diesel or Gas (CODOG) propulsion system.  


JIMEX 24: Harbour and Sea Phases 

JIMEX 24 will be conducted in two distinct phases: the Harbour Phase and the Sea Phase.  

Harbour Phase: This phase focuses on professional, sports, and social interactions between the participating units. It serves as an excellent platform for personnel from both navies to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and strengthen their bonds.  


Sea Phase: Transitioning from the harbour activities, the sea phase will involve complex multi-discipline operations in the surface, sub-surface, and air domains. The two navies will jointly hone their warfighting skills and enhance their interoperability.

The Indian Navy is represented by INS Shivalik, while the JMSDF is represented by the guided-missile destroyer JS Yugiri. Integral helicopters from both navies will also participate in the joint exercises.  


Significance of JIMEX 24  

Having grown in scope and complexity over the years, JIMEX 24 provides a valuable opportunity for both navies to learn from each other's best practices and facilitate operational interactions. This fosters cooperation and reaffirms their shared commitment to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. The seventh edition of JIMEX was held from 5th to 10th July 2023 in Visakhapatnam, India.  

Commenting on the importance of this exercise, a senior naval officer stated, "JIMEX 24 is a testament to the strong maritime relationship between India and Japan. The exercise not only enhances our operational capabilities but also strengthens our resolve to work together for a secure and stable Indo-Pacific."   


17:53 IST, June 11th 2024