The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Indian Navy conducted a training exercise in the Indian Ocean on June 27, JMSDF announced.
The exercise involved JMSDF training vessels, JS Kashima (TV-3508) and JS Shimayuki (TV 3513), attached to the JMSDF Training Squadron and Indian Navy warships, INS Rana (D52) and INS Kulish (P63).
“JMSDF promoted mutual understanding with Indian Navy through this exercise,” said a JMSDF statement. The statement added that necessary measures were implemented during the exercise due to the new coronavirus infection.
27 JUN, JS KASHIMA (TV 3508) and JS SHIMAYUKI (TV 3513), the JMSDF Training Squadron, conducted an exercise with INS RANA and INS KULISH, Indian Navy at the Indian Ocean. JMSDF promoted mutual understanding with Indian Navy through this exercise. pic.twitter.com/obiXOSVULH
— Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (@jmsdf_pao_eng) June 28, 2020
JS Kashima is a JMSDF Kashima-class training vessel while JS Shimayuki (TV 3513) is the lead ship of the Shimayuki-class of training vessels. Shimayuki was originally a Hatsuyuki-class destroyer, with pennant number DD-133, which was converted to training vessel on 18 March 1999.
The two JMSDF training vessels are currently undergoing a training cruise.
INS Rana is a Rajput-class destroyer while INS Kulish is a Kora-class corvette. Rajput-class vessels are redesigned Soviet Kashin-class guided missile destroyers.