Japan, India hold maritime drill

19-Jan-2018 Intellasia | Nhk | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Japan and India held a joint Coast Guard drill in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday. The 2 countries have strengthened maritime cooperation in the key sea lane for energy transportation from the Middle East to Asia.

11 vessels took part in the exercise in waters off Chennai, southern India.

The drill was based on a scenario in which a group of pirates had captured a commercial vessel. Helicopters and boats pursued the vessel and rescued the crew.

The head of Japan’s Coast Guard stressed the significance of the drill.

Admiral Satoshi Nakajima, the Commandant of the Japan Coast Guard, said, “It is important for both maritime security bodies to cooperate in piracy measures and sea rescue operations for regional peace and prosperity.”

This year’s exercise was the first to draw observers from neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka and Maldives, where China has been actively cultivating relationships.

Experts say India aims to enhance cooperation with Japan as a way to restrain China.



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