India and Japan conducted joint anti-hijacking and sea piracy exercises Nov. 1-5 in the Arabian Sea off India’s Mumbai coast.
The Japanese and Indian coast guards took part in the exercises, dubbed Sahyog Kaijan 2004.
An Indian Coast Guard official said Nov. 5 that the exercises involved the mock hijacking of a merchant vessel, the M V Julliet, which was reported from the reporting center at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
The Indian Coast Guard fielded its high-speed hovercraft H 185 and its fast patrol vessel, CGS Sarojini Naidu, while Japan fielded its Coast Guard Ship PLH Mizuho.
An Indian Defence Ministry official told DefenseNews.com on Nov. 5 that India and Japan share a common strategic ground, as both are dependent on petroleum imports from the Arabian Gulf and have common shipping routes.
The two countries are working to establish a common ground to ensure the safety of their oil route extending from the Indian Ocean to the Strait of Malacca, an area prone to piracy.
These joint exercises are the fifth in the series between Japan and India.