The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell is participating in the annual Malabar joint exercises with the Indian Navy. (MC1 Brock A. Taylor / Navy)
NEW DELHI — The Indian and US navies began conducting their annual Malabar joint exercises today in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Tamil Nadu, an annual event since 1992. The exercises will run through Nov. 11.
The exercises will include gun-firing, fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers, combating terrorism and maritime interdiction operations exercises.
Indian Foreign Ministry sources said the Indian government has limited the exercises to bilateral operations, despite attempts by Washington to included other countries in the region, including Japan, Singapore and Australia, because of concern that Beijing would object.
According to an Indian Navy statement: “The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. Ashore training will include subject matter expert and professional exchanges. The at-sea portions will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal. They are designed to advance participating nations mil-to-mil coordination and capacity to plan and execute tactical operations in a multinational environment.”
US Navy participation includes the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer McCampbell (DDG 85) and P3C Orion aircraft.
The Indian Navy will employ the homemade frigate Shivalik, the guided missile destroyer Ranvijay, and the Russian-made TU-142M maritime reconnaissance aircraft.