Exercise MALABAR 2014 commenced on 24 July at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. This year’s MALABAR was a trilateral one involving the navies of India, Japan and the United States. The exercise will involve Carrier strike group operations, Maritime patrol and Reconnaissance operations, anti piracy operations and Visit, board, search, and seizure operations, Search and rescue exercises, helicopter cross-deck landings, Underway replenishment, gunnery and anti-submarine warfare exercises, and Liaison officer exchange and embarkation.

The Indian Navy is represented by INS Ranvijay (guided missile destroyer), INS Shivalik (stealth frigate) and INS Shakti (fleet tanker). Two destroyers along with a P3C Orion and a ShinMaywa US-2 are participating from the Japanese Navy. From the U.S. Navy one submarine (SSN), two destroyers, one tanker along with one Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft are participating. One U.S. Navy Carrier Strike group (CSG) based on the USS George Washington is to join for the sea phase of the exercise.

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