India-Japan Joint Naval Drill: when the prime minister Narendra Modi (PM Modi) was doing an important meeting of the Quad in Tokyo, at the same time two Japanese warships were maneuvering with the Indian Navy in the Arabian Sea. The Indian Navy has also released pictures of the maneuver and fueling.
According to the Indian Navy, two warships of Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Training Squadron at sea, JS Kasima and JS Shimkaze, along with Indian Navy’s tanker INS Aditya in the western Indian Ocean region i.e. Central Arabian Sea. Underway-fueling means that fuel was supplied only while walking in the sea. During this, the navies of both countries also conducted naval-maneuver in the sea to increase interoperability with each other.
Maneuver of India and Japan is special because
In Japan’s capital Tokyo on Tuesday, PM Modi held an important meeting with the heads of state of the Quad countries. Apart from PM Modi, the President of America, Joe Biden, Prime Minister of Japan Fumo Kishida and Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanes were present in this meeting. After this meeting, the four countries issued a joint statement. In this statement, the emphasis was on the freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region and especially in the South China Sea, that is, the freedom of any country’s navy to be stationed here. Because in the South China Sea, the Chinese Navy turns its eyes on the arrival of warships of other countries. In such a situation, the maneuver of warships of India and Japan together in the Arabian Sea is very important.
China has objected many times
The navies of India and Japan also participate in the annual Malabar exercise. The navies of the four quad countries i.e. India, Japan, America and Australia participate in the Malabar exercise. China has objected many times to this naval exercise of the navies of the four quad countries. But in the joint statement of the Quad countries issued on Monday, pointing to China, it was clearly said that the four Quad countries would follow the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of the United Nations and navigation in the South and East China Sea. and will help maintain the freedom of overflight. Without naming China, the statement said that it would strongly oppose any such provocative or one-sided action in the region that would try to change the status quo.