India, Japan and US show their marine prowess at Malabar. In the Bay of Bangal at Malabar, three nations India, Japan and the United States demonstrated their naval skills. It was trilateral naval exercise shows full-fledged commitment to address common maritime challenges across the spectrum of operations and boosted maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region for the benefit of the global maritime community. The aim of this week-long exercise was to “achieving deeper military ties between the three nations.”This exercise contain 95 aircrafts, 16 ships and 2 submarines, assumes significance as it was held when China is more confident of its military prowess and also increases its submarines attempts to enter through Indian Ocean. Beside this, stepping up its activities in recent years in Indian Ocean, China is going to build its ports in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The solidarity of three nations also comes in the wake of current military standoff between the armies of India and China in the Sikkim sector.The 21st edition of the Malabar exercise saw the participation of USS Nimitz, the world’s largest aircraft carrier. Besides USS Nimitz (CVN68), guided missile cruise ship USS Princeton (CG59), guided missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG83), USS Shoup (DDG86) and USS Kidd (DDG100), a Poseidon P-8A aircraft as well as a Los Angeles fast-attack submarine took part in the naval drills.Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ships JS Izumo (DDH 183), JS Sazanami (DD1 13) along with Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa and INS Vikramaditya also participated in the exercise. Medical operations, damage control, explosive ordinance disposal, helicopter operations and anti-submarine warfare took place. It also included professional exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare. Medical operations, damage control, explosive ordinance disposal, helicopter operations and anti-submarine warfare also took place.
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