Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in Exercise Malabar 2018, scheduled from 7 to 16 June 2018 off the coast of Guam in the Phillipine Sea.
Malabar 2018 is the first time the exercise has been conducted off the coast of Guam or in any U.S. territory, and the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security.
The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea. The harbor phase will be held from 7 to 10 June at Naval Base Guam, and the sea phase will be held from 11 to 16 June 2018.
Training will focus on high-end warfighting skillsets, subject matter expert and professional exchanges, combined carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, medical operations, damage control, helicopter operations and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations.
Indian, Japanese and U.S. maritime forces look forward to working together again to build upon and advance their working relationship. Each iteration of this exercise helps to increase the level of understanding between U.S. Navy Sailors and interoperability between our three navies.
Exercise Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners.
Originally begun in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the United States, Japan became a permanent partner in 2015. Past non-permanent participants are Australia and Singapore.
The annual Malabar series began in 1992 and includes diverse activities, ranging from fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers through Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercises.