On the concluding day of the trilateral ‘Malabar’ naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal, India, Japan and the United States demonstrated their naval prowess and full-fledged commitment to address common maritime challenges across the spectrum of operations and boosted maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region for the benefit of the global maritime community. The week-long exercise involving the US, Japanese and Indian maritime forces is aimed at “achieving deeper military ties between the three nations.”
The trilateral naval exercise, featuring 95 aircraft, 16 ships and two submarines, assumes significance as it is being held at a time when China has become more assertive and increasing attempts by their submarines to venture into the Indian Ocean region. Apart from stepping up its activities in the Indian Ocean in recent years, China is also building ports in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Significantly, the solidarity of three nations also comes in the wake of current military standoff between the armies of India and China in the Sikkim sector.
Here are some spectacular images from the joint naval exercise:
The 21st edition of the Malabar exercise saw the participation of USS Nimitz, the world’s largest aircraft carrier. Besides USS Nimitz (CVN68), guided missile cruise ship USS Princeton (CG59), guided missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG83), USS Shoup (DDG86) and USS Kidd (DDG100), a Poseidon P-8A aircraft as well as a Los Angeles fast-attack submarine took part in the naval drills.
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Japan Maritime Self Defence Force ships JS Izumo (DDH 183), JS Sazanami (DD1 13) along with Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa and INS Vikramaditya also participated in the exercise. In addition, it included professional exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare. Medical operations, damage control, explosive ordinance disposal, helicopter operations and anti-submarine warfare also took place.
With PTI inputs