Qatar World Cup 2022Points table: France tops group D, Argentina bottom of Group C

Navies of India, Japan, U.S. hone mine sweeping skills

The three nations are taking part in an exercise off the coast of Japan since July 18

July 24, 2019 12:56 am | Updated 12:56 am IST - NEW DELHI

Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy are taking part in a 10-day-long Mine Warfare Exercise (MWE) off the coast of northern Japan.

The exercise began on July 18.

“This is the second edition of the MWE. Last year we participated as an observer and this time we are a full participant. We have four personnel participating carrying diving equipment,” a Navy source said on Monday. In the first edition, there were two officers and two sailors as observers in the exercise held at the same location, the source stated.

A naval asset is most vulnerable while sailing out of harbour as mines can put them out of action. “A green channel is created by the local flotilla of the harbour before high value assets move out. It is a very specialised exercise where you are detecting and detonating explosives underwater,” another source explained.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams come in the end to neutralise the detected mines. The four Indian Navy EOD personnel are clearance divers, the second source added.

“During the exercise, participating units will practice unit-level mine warfare tactics to include sweeping, hunting, and mine detection,” a statement issued by the Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Public Affairs, read.

The JMSDF is deploying a large number of its naval assets, while the U.S. is deploying some of its assets located Japan for the exercise.

“Countering the mine threat is an essential mission that enables us to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” said Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, in the statement.

India, Japan and the U.S. have steadily expanded trilateral military engagement at various levels, especially in the maritime domain. Other than the flagship Malabar naval war games, there has been a huge spike in smaller engagements on the high seas to increase interoperability.

Top News Today


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.