India and Japan conduct maritime partnership exercise in Andaman Sea

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Recently a Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) has been conducted between the Indian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force in the Andaman Sea.

Important facts

  • The exercise aims to enhance interoperability, streamline shipping and communication processes.

  • The exercise is part of the ongoing efforts between the two navies towards ensuring safe international shipping and trade in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

  • The two countries have been conducting regular exercises in the Indian Ocean region to strengthen maritime ties.


  • INS Sukanya - an offshore patrol vessel of the Indian Navy

  • The Sukanya - class patrol vessels are large, offshore patrol vessels.

  • The Sukanya class of ships are named after notable women from Indian epics.

  • The Sukanya class has larger hulls, although they are lightly armed as they are mainly used for offshore patrols of India's Exclusive Economic Zone.

  • J.S. Samidare - A Murasame-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.

  • J.S. Samidare (DD-106) is the sixth ship of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF)'s Murasame-class destroyer.

Other maritime exercises between India and Japan

  • Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX)

  • Malabar Exercise (India-US-Japan-Australia)

Major maritime exercises of India with other countries

  • Thailand - Indo-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (India-Thai CORPAT)

  • United Kingdom - Konkan - Shakti

  • Indonesia - sea power

  • Singapore-Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX)

  • Qatar-Zair-Al-Bahr

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