Sailors visit each other's ships and held sports competitionsNirupama Rao highlights importance of India-China relations to whole world
TOKYO: Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force and the United States and the Indian navies held a joint maritime drill on Monday in the Pacific Ocean off central Japan's Boso Peninsula.
Four destroyers from the Marine Self-Defence Force, two destroyers and one depot ship from the Indian Navy, and two Aegis-equipped destroyers from the U.S. Navy took part in the six-hour exercise, which included basic drills of communicating among each other through radio transmissions and flag signalling.
It was the first joint military exercise among Japan, the United States and India.
Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shotaro Yachi said the ``goodwill exercise'' was aimed at fostering trust among the three nations' forces and ``not directed at any third country.''
Manoeuvres with China
A report from Beijing says that Navies of India and China on Monday held manoeuvres off the Chinese coast.
INS Rana and INS Ranjit conducted the exercises with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Northern Sea Fleet off the eastern coast of China, official sources here said.
Vice Admiral Raman P. Suthan and the Commanding Officers of INS Rana and INS Ranjit met Rear Admiral Su Shiliang, Commander of Chinese North Sea Fleet, and the Vice Mayor of Qingdao, Zeng Aimin.
Rear Admiral Su Shiliang, hosted a reception for the visiting ships and the naval officers and sailors of both visited each other's ships and held friendly sports competitions.
The Indian Navy band gave a grand and enchanting performance at Qingdao's May Fourth Square for the locals.
India's Ambassador Nirupama Rao underscored the importance of India-China relations to the region and the whole world. Xinhua, PTI