Friday, April 23, 2010

14th Edition Of Malabar Indo-US Naval Exercises Underway In Arabian Sea


Indian Navy Statement: MALABAR CY 10, will be conducted in the Arabian Sea from 23 Apr to 02 May 2010. This, the fourteenth round of exercise MALABAR, has frontline units of US Navy’s 7th fleet and Indian Navy’s Western Fleet participating. The scope of MALABAR exercise includes diverse range of operational activities at sea. During MALABAR CY 10, the US Navy will be represented by ships from CTF 70 of the USN 7th Fleet which is based at Yokosuka, Japan. The CTF will include the Cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), Destroyers USS Chaffee (DDG 90), USS Lassen (DDG 82) and Frigate USS Curts (FFG 38). In addition, one Los Angeles class nuclear powered submarine, USS Annapolis (SSN 760), two P3C Orion aircraft and a 28 member US Navy Special Forces team will also participate in the exercise. The Indian Navy will be represented by INS Mysore, an indigenous Delhi Class guided missile destroyer and three guided missile frigates, INS Godavari, INS Brahmaputra and INS Tabar. In addition, one Shishumar class submarine, INS Shankush, Sea Harrier fighters, other fixed and rotary wing aircraft are also scheduled to participate in the bilateral exercise.

The thrust of the exercise this year would be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Surface Firings, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) and Submarine Operations. The exercise is primarily aimed at deriving mutual benefit from each others experiences.

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