NEW DELHI: India and the US will kick off their next round of "Malabar" naval wargames in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.
The US Navy is deploying Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS McCampbell and P3C maritime patrol aircraft, among other platforms, for the exercise from November 5 to 11. India, in turn, will be participating with its stealth frigate INS Shivalik, guided missile destroyer INS Ranvijay and TU-142M maritime reconnaissance aircraft.
"The US and India share common values and seafaring traditions. Our navies are natural partners, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen the bonds and personnel relations between relationships between our navies through the conduct of the Malabar series of exercises," said an official.
"Malabar", a regularly scheduled bilateral naval field training exercise, has grown in scope and complexity over the years.
"The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. While 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 military-to-military coordination and capacity to plan and execute tactical operations in a multinational environment," he said.
"Events planned during the at-sea portions include professional exchanges and embarkations; communications exercises; Surface Action Group operations; leapfrogs; helicopter cross-deck evolutions; gunnery exercises; Visit Board Search and Seizure; and anti-submarine warfare," he added.