Exercise Malabar 2011 by Indian Navy and U.S. Navy (seventh fleet) is being conducted in the western Pacific Ocean from April 03 to April 10, 2011. Japan is not taking part in the exercise as Japan has not yet recovered from the damage caused by the March 11, 2011 tsunami.
So far 13 Malabar exercise series have been conducted (in the years 1992, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (twice), 2008, 2009 and 2010). 11 exercises were conducted off Indian Coast and 2 in the Pacific Ocean. Though this exercise is primarily a bilateral exercise, as an exception Japanese Navy participated on two occasions; Australian and Singapore Navies participated on one occasion.
Some interesting features of Malabar 2011 are:
- Exercise is being held in the western Pacific Ocean, east of the Luzon Strait and east of Okinawa.
- Indian Navy is represented by
- destroyers: INS Dehli (D 61), INS Ranvijay (D 55), INS Ranvir (D 54)
- corvette: INS Kirch (P 62)
- fleet tanker: INS Jyoti (A 58)
- U.S. Navy is represented by
- destroyers: USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Stethem (DDG 63)
- frigate: USS Reuben James (FFG 57)
- a nuclear powered attack submarine
- Events planned during the exercise are:
- liaison officer professional exchanges and embarks
- communications exercises
- surface action group exercise operations
- formation maneuvering
- helicopter cross deck evolutions
- underway replenishments
- humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
- gunnery exercises
- visit, board, search and seizure
- maritime strike
- air defense
- screen exercise
- anti-submarine warfare
Read more from U.S. Navy.
Read more from U.S. Navy
View Malabar 2011 Exercise photographs from U.S. Navy
- Rear Adm. Harish Bisht salutes side boys while departing USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) during a visit in support of exercise Malabar 2011
- Sailors aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) remove the chains that secured an Indian MK42 Sea Hawk helicopter during exercise Malabar 2011
- The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and ships from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Indian navy transit the Pacific Ocean
- Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) and Indian navy sailors maneuver in rigid-hull inflatable boats, during exercise Malabar 2011
- Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7, observes flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with Indian naval officers of the Eastern Fleet
- Indian naval officers tour the Ronald Reagan museum aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
- Lt. Brian Zimmerman, flight deck officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), explains how flight deck control manages aircraft to Indian naval officers of the Eastern Fleet
- Sailors assigned to the Indian navy prepare to maneuver a rigid-hull inflatable boat alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) to pick up Indian navy officers as part of exercise Malabar 2011. Malabar 2011
- Sailors assigned aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) watch Indian sailors transport officers in rigid-hull inflatable boats as part of exercise Malabar 2011
- Capt. Thom Burke, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), exchanges a gift with Indian navy Rear Adm. Harish Bisht
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