India, Japan and U.S. hold joint naval exercises

Oct 21, 2015 Naval ships, aircrafts and personnel from India, Japan and the United States recently participated in the 2015 installment of exercise Malabar in India. The trilateral naval exercise, which started in 1992, featured both ashore and at-sea training.

The United States deployed its aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt and a nuclear-powered submarine for the week-long exercises.

Commanding Officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Craig Clapperton said the exercises offered the three countries an opportunity to deepen maritime ties.

“This is a very complex maritime operation between United States navy, the Indian navy and the Japanese navy. We have a great opportunity for three outstanding navys to operate together across a full spectrum of maritime operations that will include air operations, which you can hear going on now. There will be close ship formation operations. There will be maritime security operations, border and seizure operations, air defence exercises and of course some anti-submarine operations as well. So, it’s really across the full spectrum of naval operations,” 

The U.S. also deployed a guided-missile cruiser, a littoral combat ship, a P-8A Poseidon aircraft, and a Los Angeles-Class fast-attack submarine for the exercises.

Rear Admiral Roy Kelley, Commander of the Carrier Strike Group 12, applauded the smooth running of the action packed exercises.

“Today we continue with a gunnery exercise, a search and rescue exercise, anti-mine exercise and explosive ordinance demolition as well. So a lot of different pieces going on. It’s an action pact exercise, we are doing very well,”

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