Malabar Exercise 2017: India, Japan and US maritime forces show they are fighting fit

Malabar Exercise 2017: 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 featured 95 aircraft, 16 ships and two submarines.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 18, 2017 5:26 pm
Malabar naval exercise 2017, India, Japan, United States, Indo-Pacific region, Indian Ocean Malabar Exercise 2017: As part of ongoing Malabar 2017 exercise in Bay of Bengal, Indian Navy MIG-29K Fulcrums fly over USS Nimitz while training together. (Source: Indian Navy/ Twitter: SpokespersonNavy)

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:

Malabar 2017: Black Panthers + Super Hornets flying in formation over flagship Vikramaditya. (Source: Indian Navy/ Twitter: SpokespersonNavy) Malabar 2017: Formation flying by MiG 29K and FA 18s over Flagship Vikramaditya. (Source: Indian Navy/ Twitter: SpokespersonNavy) Malabar 2017: Formation of MiG 29Ks & FA18s Super Hornets flying overhead USS Nimitz. (Source: Indian Navy/ Twitter: SpokespersonNavy) As part of ongoing Malabar2017 exercise in Bay of Bengal, IndianNavy MIG-29K Fulcrums fly over USSNimitz while training together. (Source: Indian Navy/ Twitter: Spokesperson Navy) MIG-29K Fulcrum (Source: Indian Navy/ Twitter: SpokespersonNavy)

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.

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

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  1. vihari naidu
    Jul 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm
    Wish India allowed Australia to join the Malabar exercise. NDA proved to be one more UPA when it gets to getting intimidated by China. While China openly supports Terrorist leaders in Security Council Bjp is scared of letting Australia parti te. Shame.
    1. K
      Kuldip Singh
      Jul 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm
      One wonders if the civilian "defence experts" who write such articles have even the barest idea of what they talking about. The whole aim seems to be sensationalism. Joint exercises between nations, unless they are of the NATO type of alliance, are generally aimed at learning, and gauging the capabilities of other nations. India, the US and Japan do not have an Article 5 of NATO type of alliance agreement (i.e. an attack on one is an attack on all). So, will these two come to India'a aid in case of an Indo-China war? Or, will India attack China across the LAC in case of a Sino-Japan conflict over, say, the Senkaku Islands? Or in case of a US-China conflict? Do note the hedging and hawing that the US did over the Senkaku despite the US-Japan 1952 treaty under which the US is committed to defend Japan. If these nations are not going to intervene physically in another nation's war, then they can continue to show all the might they have, without anyone being concerned about it.
      1. A
        Jul 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm
        hahanaa... bang on Kuldip!!
        1. Mohan Tvm
          Jul 17, 2017 at 6:34 pm
          This is just a Muscle flexing exercise. China has responded with Tibetan Fire Drills with its ally Pakistan. China has come closer to a Romanian-style military revolt than is generally recognized. The fruits of economic growth has not reached to 40 of its people in West China. Even a minor war with India will result in the dismemberment of Tibet, XinJiang and Uyghuristan
          1. M
            Jul 19, 2017 at 4:54 pm
            Mohan Tvm, Indians like Kuldip Singh - I assume he is - and Sthanis like Atif are dazzled by China and the show Chinese are always good at putting on. Sthanis, of course, have to rely on some power or other. Earlier it was America, now the Zakat comes from China. So, these descendants of Jay Chand will criticise any power, above all, India for anything they say or do against China. Every hundred years, China has a total revolution, destroys itself. Then re-builds itself. Now, their decline will start soon.
          2. vihari naidu
            Jul 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm
            I don't get your logic especially when it comes to war. No one will come rushing to others aid when it comes to war. One would naive to expect another country to lay down the lives of their young men to defend another country. US is no different. Even during the time of world war, it took years for US to parti te.
            1. R
              Rock G
              Jul 18, 2017 at 7:52 am
              I think that you missed the point of the trilateral exercise. It is not for their military to take part in each others wars but to gain knowledge. As the US is the best military in the world in areas such as anti-submarine warfare India and Japan can get valuable skills and practice.