Indo US Naval Exercise: Malabar 08 in Arabian Sea

by OldSailor on October 17, 2008


indian_navy Indo-US joint naval exercise Malabar-08, the twelfth of the series is presently going on in the Arabian Sea. The annual Malabar series of exercises were started in 1992 and are held regularly from 2002. Unlike last year, Malabar-08 is strictly a bilateral exercise.

Some of the interesting features of Malabar-08 are:

A joint IN – USN Press conference is being scheduled on October 18 at Goa.

Last year Malabar exercise was conducted in April and September 2007. Here is last year Malabar 07-2 conducted at Bay of Bengal, news report from US Navy. Also here is a report on Post Malabar 2007 appraisal for India by Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Read more about Malabar-08 from Press Information Bureau.

Post in MarineBuzz on this day a year before:

52nd ISSA Convention and Trade Exhibition 2007

Mauritius Maritime Training Academy Inaugurated

Update: October 19

About 2,500 personnel from the Indian Navy and about 6,000 personnel from U.S Navy are participating in Malabar-08 off Goa. Indian Airforce will also participate in the exercise. For some photographs and more information, read Goa Blog.

Also there is 22 year old George Kunthara of Indian origin officer onboard USS Chancellorsville taking part in Malabar-08. Read more from The Times of India.

Update: October 22

“US and its Coalition ships are regularly deployed in Gulf of Aden and along the African coast to act as a deterrent to the pirates operating there, said Captain Norton, the commanding officer of Ronald Reagan, which is participating in the Indo-US naval exercise Malabar-08. Read more from Indian Express and Rediff News.

Also here is a photograph of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) firing a round from the bow 5-Inch/54-caliber (Mk 45) gun during a weapons firing exercise as part of the Malabar 2008. Alongwith, Chancellorsville three Indian Navy frigates, INS Godavari (F20), INS Brahmaputra (F31) and INS Beas (F39), fired 5-inch guns and 25mm guns during the exercise. View the photograph from U.S Navy.

Update: October 23

View amazing photographs covering Malabar-08 at LiveFist and Trishul. More photographs are also at LiveFist.

Now there is political interference also to Malabar-08. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has said the party would organise protests all along the west coast of the country against the India-US Naval exercises Malabar-08 being conducted in the Arabian Sea. Read more from Web India 123.

Here is an amazing photograph of ships of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Indian Navy Western Fleet falling into formation during Malabar-08. View photograph from U.S Navy.

Update: October 25

After hectic war games, nuclear powered submarine USS Springfield has docked at Goa and is expected to stay for a week. Read more from DD News.

For more photographs on Malabar-08, log on to Information Dissemination.

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