The Malabar exercise is the bilateral exercise usually conducted between the U.S. and Indian navies. This year the Indian Navy has invited the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) also to participate.
Some interesting features of Malabar 2009 are:
- To be conducted from April 26 to May 03.
- Ships, aircrafts and submarines from the three navies are to take part.
- To be conducted off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.
- The at-sea training will include
- Anti-submarine warfare
- Surface warfare maneuvers
- Gunnery training
- Air defense
- Visit, Board, Search and Seizure
- The participants will also conduct personnel exchanges and professional discussions at sea and ashore.
- The United States will be represented by 7th Fleet
- Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
- Guided missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Chafee (DDG 90)
- Fast- attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21)
- P-3C and SH-60 aircrafts.
- Indian Navy is expected to be represented by (as the ships are in the region after taking part in 60th anniversary of PLA Navy on April 23)
- Delhi class guided missile destroyer INS Mumbai
- Ranveer class destroyer INS Ranveer
- Guided missile corvette INS Khanjar
- Oil tanker INS Jyoti
Details of JMSDF ships participating in the exercise are not known.
For more information, log on to U.S.Navy.
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The Indian Navy guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvir (DDG 54), left, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JDS Kurama (DDH 144) are underway during Exercise Malabar 2009, an annual exercise led by the Indian Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Cynthia Griggs/Released)
The Indian Navy guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvir (DDG 54) leads the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and the Japan Self-Defense Force destroyer JDS Kurama (DDH 144) during Exercise Malabar 2009, an annual exercise led by the Indian Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Cynthia Griggs/Released)
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Indian Navy Rear Adm. Anurag G. Thapliyal, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Hitoshi Noguchi greet each other as they are escorted by Vice Adm. John M. Bird, Commander U.S. 7th Fleet, aboard the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). The admirals were aboard for breakfast in the Admiral’s cabin at the conclusion of Exercise Malabar 2009. The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy are participating in Malabar, an annual exercise led by the Indian Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)
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