Indo – U.S. joint bilateral naval exercise “Malabar 2010”, was conducted from April 23. The week long exercise was participated by the ships, submarines and aircraft from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet.
Some interesting features of Malabar 2010 are:
- Aims to promote the interoperability of both navies.
- U.S. forces participated:
- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).
- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Chafee (DDG 90).
- Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Curts (FFG 38).
- Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760).
- P-3 Orion aircraft, SH-60 helicopters.
- Sea, Air and Land (SEAL) special forces detachment.
- Participation by Indian Navy:
- INS Mysore (D 60), Delhi-class guided-missile destroyer.
- Frigates: INS Godavari (F 20), INS Brahmaputra (F 31) and INS Tabar (F 44).
- Submarine INS Shishumar.
- Training conducted at sea includes surface and anti-submarine warfare, coordinated gunnery exercises, air defense and visit, board, search and seizure drills including professional exchanges and discussions between both navies while at sea and on shore.
- U.S. Navy personnel also participated in a community service project during the port visit to Goa. Sailors from USS Shiloh and USS Lassen painted class rooms at the Bhatikar Model English School in Goa, India.
Here are some photographs released by the Commander U.S. 7th Fleet of U.S. Navy.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and USS Chafee (DDG 90), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) and the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) sail in formation with ships from the Indian navy during a photo exercise following the completion of Exercise Malabar 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki/Released)
An Indian Navy Marine Commando embarks a rigid-hull inflatable boat assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) prior to a visit, board, search and seizure exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki/Released)
View an interesting video clip: Introduction to the U.S. 7th Fleet.
For more details, log on to Commander U.S. 7th Fleet of U.S. Navy.
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