Malabar 2011: Indian and U.S. Navy Exercise in Western Pacific Ocean

by OldSailor on April 3, 2011


Indian_Navy 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 submarineu.s_navy_seventh_fleet
  • 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.

Update: April 11, 2011

Read more from U.S. Navy

View Malabar 2011 Exercise photographs from U.S. Navy

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