India joins US, Japan in Bay of Bengal drill

Virendra Pandit Gandhinagar | Updated on January 11, 2018 Published on July 07, 2017

Amid escalating tension with China on border issues, India is joining the US and Japan in a trilateral maritime drill, Malabar 2017, in the Bay of Bengal.

The US, Indian and Japanese maritime forces will participate in the exercise, US Consulate-General, Mumbai, said.

The office of Lt Commander Aarol Kakiel, Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70), Public Affairs, said naval ships, aircraft and personnel from the three countries will join Malabar 2017 which is the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years “to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia Pacific.”

The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. While ashore in Chennai, training 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, helicopter operations, and visit, board, search and seizure operations.

The at-sea portions will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal and are “designed to advance participating nations’ military-to-military coordination and capacity to plan and execute tactical operations in a multinational environment.”

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Published on July 07, 2017
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