India to deploy INS Vikramaditya, anti-submarine corvettes in Malabar exercise

Oceane Deschanel
Julho 7, 2017

The annual Malabar naval exercise between India, Japan, and the United States will begin on 10 July in the Indian Ocean.

China on Friday expressed hope that the upcoming joint naval drill between India, Japan, and the U.S. is not aimed at other countries. Australia wanted to participate as an observer this year but was not included, following reservations by China.

The exercise, which will take place from July 7-17, will have anti-submarine warfare as a major focus, according to officials from the Indian and US Navies. Japan is sending its carrier JS Izumo and destroyer JS Sazanami for the drill.

India and the U.S. kicked off Malabar exercise in 1994 and this will be the 21st edition of the drills.

Besides a P8I maritime surveillance aircraft, India will also deploy two Kamorta class anti-submarine warfare corvettes - the first anti-submarine warfare stealth corvettes built in India. Beijing expressed its happiness last month after India rejected a request from Australia to join the exercise.

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Malabar 2017 involves both shore exchanges on naval doctrine and interoperability between the three navies, including operating with carrier strike groups and coordinating communications.

The at-sea portions will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal and are created to advance participating nations' military-to-military coordination and capacity to plan and execute tactical operations in a multinational environment. The three navies will participate in joint surface and air warfare, medical evaluation, and high-value target defense drills.

The exercise is aimed at tackling a range of common threats to maritime security in the Indian Ocean. "Each iteration of this exercise helps to advance the level of understanding between our Sailors, and we hope to be able to continue this process over time", the Public Affairs Office added.

China has in the past expressed reservations over the Malabar exercise turning into a multi-lateral one.

This is significant because the Malabar exercise will include anti-submarine drills.

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