Malabar Naval exercise 2014 started on 24 July 2014 in the Pacific Ocean. Malabar naval exercise 2014 is the 18th edition of the Malabar series conducted to enhance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues.
Japan is participating in the Malabar exercises for the third time since it first participated in 2007.
Highlights of the Exercise
The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. The ashore exercise at Port Sasebo in Tokyo, Japan will take place from 24 July 2014 to 26 July 2014.
In this exercise, the interactions will include subject matter expert and professional exchanges on Carrier Strike Group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, anti piracy operations and Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations.
Three ships of Indian Navy viz. INS Ranvijay (guided missile destroyer), INS Shivalik (stealth frigate) and INS Shakti (fleet tanker) entered Port Sasebo, Japan on 23 July 2014 for the participation in exercise.
The sea phase of the exercise is scheduled from 27 July 2014 to 30 July 2014 and will be conducted in the Western Pacific Ocean. Exercises planned during this phase include search and rescue exercises, helicopter cross-deck landings, underway replenishments, gunnery and anti-submarine warfare exercises, Visit, Board, Search and Seize operations (VBSS) and Liaison officer exchange and embarkation.
Designed to enhance maritime cooperation among the navies of the participating nations, these exercises further hone individual capacity to conduct operations in a multi-national environment.
Participants of the Exercise
The navies of India, Japan and the U.S. shall take part in the exercise which will help advance the level of understanding among the navies.
Two destroyers along with a P3C Orion and a sea-plane (US-2) are the participants from the Japanese Navy. From the US Navy one submarine (SSN), two destroyers, one tanker along with one MR aircraft would be participating. One US Carrier Strike group (CSG) is likely to join for the sea phase of the exercise.
About Exercise Malabar
The Exercise Malabar is a joint naval exercise first conducted as a bilateral one between the US and Indian navies in 1992.
In 2007, it was expanded to include the navies of Australia, Japan and Singapore when the exercise was conducted in the Bay of Bengal. Since then India has restricted the Malabar exercise after China protested it.
Malabar exercise was not conducted for a brief period after Pokhran II nuclear test conducted by India in 1998.
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When: 24 July 2014