The Indo-US-Japan Malabar series of naval exercise will take place in June at Guam in the western Pacific in which the US Navy will field its latest Nuclear powered super-carrier USS Ronald Regan whereas the Indian Navy will send three of its warships including a stealth frigate.
From the Indian side, indigenous stealth frigate INS Sahyadri, anti-submarine stealth corvette INS Kamorta and a fleet tanker will participate in the exercise scheduled between June 7 and 15, sources told DH.
The aviation support will come from long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft P8I. A similar aircraft known as P8-Poseidon is operated by the US Navy.
US Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard has a big presence at Guam, which is being prepared to be the western-most military training range for the US. From the US side, the star attraction of the exercise would be the Nimitz-class super-carrier USS Ronald Regan.
No Australia ::
Sources said Australia wouldn’t be a part of the Malabar-2018 though Canberra repeatedly approached New Delhi to be a part of the multilateral naval drill. Australia expected at least an observer status in Malabar before becoming a member, but India remained firm.
Only in 2016, India and USA agreed to allow Japan to become a permanent member in the naval drill that was in place since the 1990s.
India’s decision of excluding Australia from the naval war game received a rare appreciation from Beijing.
Opening up the doors for Japan sync well with the US strategy of creating an alliance of like-minded nations in the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s rising military prowess.
2017 edition ::
The 2017 edition of the Malabar took place in the Bay of Bengal in which three navies practiced carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, medical operations, damage control, special forces operations, explosive ordnance disposal, helicopter operations, and visit board search and seizure operations.
It was the first major India-US military drill in the Donald Trump administration.
By: Deccan Herald
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