Malabar 2012: India to Exercise with U.S. Navy in Bay of Bengal

by OldSailor on April 6, 2012


Malabar 2012, the bilateral exercise between Indian Navy and United States 7th Fleet is expected to be held off Chennai, Bay of Bengal/west of Nicobar Islands from April 9 -16, 2012.

Some interesting features of Malabar 2012 are:

  • U.S. Navy – represented by
    • Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)
    • Guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52)
    • Guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97)
    • Logistics ship UNNS Bridge
    • Los Angeles-class submarine USS Louisville
    • P-3C Orion aircraft
  • Indian Navy – represented by (as reported by The Hindu)
    • Guided missile frigate INS Satpur
    • Guided missile destroyers INS Ranvijay and INS Ranvir
    • Missile corvette INS Kulish
    • Fleet tanker INS Shakti
    • Maritime patrol aircraft Tu-142M and other rotary wing aircraft

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As usual, official press release from MOD/Indian Navy on Malabar 2012 is yet to be released.


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Gary Zaetz October 6, 2012 at 9:37 PM

In the face of the Indian Government’s pattern of repeatedly delaying the recovery of the remains of over 400 US World War II airmen from Indian territory, why does the US continue to hold joint exercises, like Malabar 2012, with the Indian Navy? India’s intransigence in failing to release these remains is an insult to the memory of these men and to their surviving family members, and the US military should have nothing to do with the Indian military as long as India’s insult continues…Gary Zaetz, nephew of USAAF 1st Lt Irwin Zaetz, missing in action in India since 1944.

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