India, US and Japan hold naval exercises

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New Delhi: Naval warships, aircraft carriers and submarines from the U.S., India and Japan steamed into the Bay of Bengal on Saturday as they took part in joint military exercises off India’s east coast, signalling the growing strategic ties between the three countries.

The sea drills, part of the six-day-long Malabar exercises, will cover the full spectrum of naval manoeuvres, including military-to-military coordination and anti-submarine warfare, according to a joint statement.

After Japan, US has also said that the trilateral Navy Exercise Malabar-2015, also involving India, was not aimed at China or any other country, but was an initiative to ensure freedom of navigation in the region and enhance communication among the three navies.

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