India, Japan and United States warships, aircraft and troops are participating in the joint exercise Malabar 2015 starting October 14 to 19. The US Navy sent the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) with embarked Carrier Air Wing 1, guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), a P-8A Poseidon aircraft, and a Los Angeles-Class fast-attack submarine.
“Malabar is a complex, high-end warfighting exercise that has grown in scope and complexity over the years. Malabar 2015 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises conducted to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security issues,” the US Navy said.
The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. The on-shore training will be in Chennai, India which will include subject matter expert and professional exchanges on carrier strike group operations; maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations; surface and anti-submarine warfare; medical operations; damage control; explosive ordnance disposal (EOD); helicopter operations; and visit board search and seizure (VBSS) operations.
The at-sea part will be conducted off the east coast of India and are designed to advance participating nations’ military-to-military coordination and capacity to plan and execute tactical operations in a multinational environment.