The US, Japanese and Indian navies on July 10 began the Malabar Naval Exercise 2017 aimed at achieving deeper military ties between the three nations. These awesome images of Indian Navy's MiG 29Ks and US Navy's F/A-18 Super Hornets flying together are leaving everyone in awe!
Though on record officers of the three countries insist the operations are all about interoperability and jointmanship to work together from humanitarian aid disaster relief to anti-piracy, scratch beneath the surface they admit the exercise is an attempt to send out a signal to an increasingly belligerent China.
Malabar 2017: Though India and the USA have been regularly conducting this annual exercise since 1992, this 21st edition of it had created a buzz in China as well, as it took place in the backdrop of a major military standoff between armies of India and China in the Sikkim region.
Today is the last day of India-US-Japan naval exercise in Bay of Bengal. (Source: Indian Navy/ Twitter: SpokespersonNavy) Malabar 2017: Formation of MiG 29Ks & FA18s Super Hornets flying overhead USS Nimitz. Besides USS Nimitz (CVN68), guided missile cruise ship USS Princeton (CG59), guided missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG83), USS Shoup (DDG86) and USS Kidd (DDG100), a Poseidon P-8A aircraft as well as a Los Angeles fast-attack submarine took part in the naval drills.
Japan Maritime Self Defence Force ships JS Izumo (DDH 183), JS Sazanami (DD1 13) along with Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa and INS Vikramaditya also participated in the exercise.