India, US and Japan navies kick off exercise in Bay of Bengal
Three countries aim to deepen strong military ties and develop common procedures for maritime security operations
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Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, India’s Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command; Hiroshi Yamamura, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, and Rear Admiral William D Byrne Jr, US Navy Commander, at the inauguration of the three-nation Malabar Exercise.
Published: 18:33 July 10, 2017
Pamela Raghunath, Correspondent
Mumbai: The Indian, American and Japanese navies on Monday kicked off the Malabar-17 series of exercises in the Bay of Bengal with the aim of deepening strong military ties between the three countries and developing common procedures for maritime security operations.
Launched in Chennai, and running from July 10-17, “The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on aircraft carrier operations, air defence, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), surface warfare, visit board search and seizure, search and rescue, joint manoeuvres and Tactical procedures,” a Ministry of Defence spokesperson said.
The Indian Navy will be represented by the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya with its air wing, guided missile destroyer Ranvir, indigenous stealth frigates Shivalik and Sahyadri, indigenous ASW corvette Kamorta, missile corvette Kora and Kiran, one Sindhughosh class submarine, fleet tanker INS Jyoti and Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P81.
The US Navy will be represented by ships from the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and other units from the US 7th Fleet.
The exercise will also witness a separate interaction between Indian Navy and US Navy Special Forces and Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams at the IN MARCOS (Marine Commando Force) training base INS Karna at Vishakapatnam. The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force will be represented by Izumo, a helicopter carrier with SH 60K helicopters and JS Sazanami, a missile destroyer with SH 60K integral helicopter.
At the opening ceremony in Chennai on Sunday, Rear Admiral Biswajit Das Gupta, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Indian Navy, said, “As would be evident, MALABAR-17 will be another milestone in the long history of this exercise with the participation of 16 ships, two submarines and more than 95 aircraft. The ability of such large numbers of naval units to operate in close coordination with each other reflects the strengthening mutual confidence and inter-operability of our navies.
“It indicates our joint commitment to preserve good order at sea and address common maritime challenges across the spectrum of operations and go a long way in enhancing maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, for the benefit of the global maritime community and also to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security.”
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