India, US and Japan Started Joint Naval Exercise

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Chennai: The Navies of India, United States and Japan today began the five-day ‘Malabar exercise’ on the Eastern coast, in which several warships, aircraft carriers and fast attack submarine would participate. Naval personnel of the three countries will participate in the event, termed as “complex”, “high-end war fighting” exercise, an official release said.

“Malabar 2015 is a latest in the continuing series of exercises conducted to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security issues,” they said. During the exercise which includes both “ashore” and “at-sea training”, there would be knowledge sharing sessions on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol, and anti-submarine warfare, among others.

In the exercise to be undertaken at-sea, the sessions include military-to-military coordination, submarine familiarisation, air defence and surface warfare exercises. The US ships taking part include aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt with embarked Carrier Air Wing 1, in line with USS Nimitz, guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG60), littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), P-8A Poseidon aircraft and a fast attack submarine.

PTI

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