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Malabar 2017: US, India, And Japan Conduct Joint Exercises As Counterbalance To Growing Regional Threats

Official US Navy Photograph

This video was shot aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during the recently concluded Malabar 2017 exercise in the Bay of Bengal. The navies of India and Japan joined US Navy for the week-long event. Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN (CVW-11) was deployed aboard the Nimitz for the exercise. The other American Navy ships participating in Malabar 2017 were the cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59), destroyers USS Howard (DDG-83), USS Shoup (DDG-86) and USS Kidd (DDG-100), along with an unidentified Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine.

CVW-11 consists of VFA-147 Argonauts flying the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-154 Black Knights flying the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, VFA-146 Blue Diamonds flying the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, VMFA-323 Death Rattlers flying the Boeing F/A-18C Hornet, VAW-121 Bluetails flying the Grumman E-2D Hawkeye, VAQ-142 Gray Wolves flying the Boeing EA-18G Growler, HSC-8 Eightballers flying the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, HSM-75 Wolfpack flying the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, and VRC-30 Providers Detachment 3 Crusaders flying the C-2A(R) Greyhound.

Official US navy Photograph

16 ships (including three aircraft carriers for the first time), 2 submarines and 95 aircraft participated in Malabar 2017. The Indian Navy vessels participating were the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and her air wing, destroyer INS Ranvir, frigates INS Shivalik and INS Sahyadri, ASW corvette INS Kamorta, missile corvettes INS Kora and INS Kirpan, an unidentified Sindhughosh-class submarine, and fleet tanker INS Jyoti. The Japanese helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) and her air wing along with destroyer JS Sazanami (DD-113) participated as well. American and Indian Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft also took part in the exercise. Thanks to YouTube channel NationalDefence for uploading this video.

Indian MiG-29s and US Navy F/A-18s flying together during Malabar 2017. Official US Navy Photograph

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.