Japan, India, US start massive military exercise

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.