The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), the Indian Navy (IN) and the U.S. Navy (USN) have kicked off the trilateral maritime exercise Malabar 2019 off the coast of Sasebo, Japan on Sept. 26.
The three navies will participate in both an ashore and at-sea phase, hosted by the JMSDF, which will both enhance the compatibility of the maritime forces in support of maritime security in the global commons. This is the first year the JMSDF has hosted Malabar since Japan’s initial participation in 2015.
The multinational aspect of the exercise allows for practical training while honing skills, exchanging cultures, and increasing interoperability between nations.
Training will focus on high-end warfighting skillsets, subject matter expert and professional exchanges, combined operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, submarine familiarization, surface and anti-submarine warfare, medical operations, damage control, helicopter operations and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations.
The Indian Navy is participating with Kamorta-class anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kiltan (P30), Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate INS Sahyadri (F49) and a P-8I Poseidon long-range maritime patrol aircraft.
The U.S. Navy is being represented in the exercise by Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85), Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) and a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
The JMSDF is participating with its Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Kaga (DDH-184), a Kongō-class guided missile destroyer JS Chōkai (DDG-176), a Murasame-class destroyer JS Samidare (DD-106) and a P-1 maritime patrol aircraft.