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India, US, Japan to hold joint maritime security exercise in Malabar region

It will focus on high-end war-fighting skill sets, combined carrier strike group ops, among others

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Photo: PTI
Photo: PTI

from India, and the would participate in Malabar 2017, a joint mid-summer exercise aimed at addressing shared threats to in the

The exercise involving naval ships, aircraft and personnel from the three countries will feature in both ashore and at-sea training off India's eastern coast in the Bay of Bengal, a statement from Embassy said on Thursday.

Training will focus on high-end war-fighting skill sets, combined carrier strike group operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), helicopter operations, and visit board search and seizure (VBSS) operations, it said.

The exercise would also include medical operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, damage control exercises and subject matter expert and professional exchanges.

Malabar 2017 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years, the Embassy said.

"Indian, Japanese and US look forward to working together again to build upon and advance their working relationship to collectively provide security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," the embassy said.

"Each iteration of this exercise helps to increase the level of understanding between our sailors and interoperability between our three navies," it added.

First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 20:37 IST