U.S., India Navies Partner for Maritime-Training Exercise

Partnering with nations for naval exercises is one important element to our maritime strategy. This blog represents a photo snapshot of a naval exercise between Navies from India and the United States called Exercise Malabar 2012, which will ran from April 9-16.  Malabar is a regularly scheduled naval field training exercise and has grown in scope and complexity over the years. Malabar 2012 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises conducted to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues.  U.S. Navy participants include the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), a logistics ship, P-3C aircraft and a submarine.

The Indian Navy guided-missile corvette INS Kulish (P63) joins the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), as they steam in formation.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) participate in a passing exercise with Indian navy ships during Exercise Malabar 2012.

Tactical Action Officer Lt. Dan Mitzner, right, reviews an exercise scenario in the undersea warfare module with Indian Navy Liaison Officers Cmdr. Ajay Daniel Theophilus, left, and Lt. Cmdr. Madhavdas Ravikant, center, in the combat direction center aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

An Indian Sailor assigned to the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team aboard Indian Navy Ship Satpura (F-48) climbs a ladder aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) during a VBSS training exercise.

Ensign Timothy Eick briefs members of the Visit, Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team assigned to Indian Navy Ship Satpura (F-48) during a VBSS training exercise aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97).

Indian Navy Ship Satpura (F-48) transits the Indian Ocean.

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) stand in ranks as Indian Navy Ship Sapura (F-48) pulls alongside Halsey.

Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Adm. Satish Soni of the Indian Navy shakes hands with USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Executive Officer Cmdr. Paul Spedero on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

Sailors assigned to the Indian navy guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvijay (DDG 55) visit, board, search and seizure team prepare to maneuver a rigid-hull inflatable boat during an Exercise Malabar 2012 boarding exercise.

The Indian navy Kora-class corvette INS Kulish (P63), foreground, the guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvir (D54), center, and the fleet oiler INS Shakti (A57) transit the Indian Ocean during a passing exercise.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Dwayne Foster signals as an Indian Navy Allouette helicopter launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

ENC James Hines assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) participates in a community relations project in support of Malabar 2012.

Ensign Anthony Eccleston gives a tour of the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) to Indian residents in support of Malabar 2012.