Malabar 2017 concluded successfully
Indian Defence News: The 2017 Malabar exercise was the 21st edition of the exercise and conducted from 10 to 17 July 2017. This edition involved navies from India, USA and Japan. The exercise included a harbor phase at Chennai from 10 to 13 July 2017 and a sea phase from 14 to 17 July 2017 in the Bay of Bengal. This edition focused on Aircraft Carrier operations, Air defense, Anti-submarine warfare (ASW), Surface warfare, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), Search and Rescue (SAR), joint and tactical procedures. There was also joint training between the naval special forces of the Indian and US Navies at INS Karna, Visakhapatnam. A total of 16 ships, 2 submarines and 95 aircraft participated in this exercise. It was the first exercise between the three countries which involved three aircraft carriers.
The navies of the US, Japan and India undertook the exercise in rough seas and under challenging weather conditions.
The US, Japanese and Indian navies on Monday concluded the ‘Malabar Naval Exercise’ aimed at achieving deeper military ties between the three nations.
The naval exercise featured 95 aircraft, 16 ships and two submarines, officials said in a statement.
Various maneuveres were undertaken in rough seas in the Bay of Bengal, they said.
The exercise, which began on July 10, comprised both on shore and offshore activities which included cross deck flying operations, refuelling across ships and crew handling procedures.
“The cross deck flying operations require a high degree of interoperability and knowledge of procedures of participating in ships and helicopters”, they said.
The navies of the three countries undertook the exercise in rough seas and under challenging weather conditions.
Under the crew exchange programme, an Indian Navy helicopter transferred Japanese sailors to Naval ship Vikramaditya in the Bay of Bengal. This was followed by flying operations by helicopters of US Navy ships.
On Sunday, Indian Navy ship Jyoti transferred oil with US ‘Shoup’ and Japanese naval ship ‘Sazanami’ under the replenishment at sea exercise.
“During the operation, INS Jyoti passed the oil hoses to the US and Japanese Navies to exercise transfer of fuel,” the officials said.
On combined crew training exercise, MiG 29K fighter air craft from INS Vikramaditya undertook combat missions against US Navy F-18 fighter aircraft launched from USS Nimitz.
Aircraft from both Indian and US Navies undertook composite formation flying, demonstrating another step in the interoperability aimed through this exercise, the statement added
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