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India, Japan begin three-day anti-submarine drill amid concerns over China

Indian Navy's two P-8 I long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare aircraft and two P-3C Orion jets of Japanese Navy will be part of exercise

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

P-8I reconnaissance aircraft. Photo: Indian Navy
P-8I reconnaissance aircraft. Photo: Indian Navy

Navies of and on Sunday began a three-day warfare exercise in the region to deepen their operational coordination in the strategically important sea lanes around the two countries.

Indian Navy's two P-8 I long-range maritime reconnaissance and two P-3C Orion jets of the Japanese Navy will be part of the exercise, said an official of the

The two P-3C Orions, which are warfare aircraft, landed at naval air station Hansa in today.

The short duration exercise is taking place amid concerns in and over China's growing presence in the Indo- Pacific region.

Navy spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said aircrew from both navies will also have extensive interaction to evolve a "concept of joint operations"

"This exercise takes the bilateral relations to an unprecedented level of 'Strategic and Global partnership'," he said.

Navy has participated in the recent trilateral Malabar exercise along with and the US.

The three navies have been intensifying their cooperation considering China's expansionist behaviour in the critical sea lanes.

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono last week had said that Tokyo favours a dialogue between Japan, the US, India and Australia to further boost strategic partnership among the four countries.

First Published: Sun, October 29 2017. 20:39 IST
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