Malabar 2017 is one of the largest joint exercises to be held in the region. It will feature more than 95 aircraft, 16 ships and two submarines, from the three countries.
The exercise will also see a wide range of professional interactions during the harbour phase in Chennai which began on Monday and will go on until Wednesday.
The sea phase will see a large number of operational activities between July 14 and 17.
The sea phase includes submarine familiarisation, air defence, medical evacuation drills, surface warfare, communication exercise, and search and rescue operations.
“The thrust of the exercise at sea this year would be on aircraft carrier operations, air defence, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), surface warfare, visit board search and seizure (VBBS), joint manoeuvres and tactical procedures,” a press release said.
The Indian Navy will feature its aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, with its air wing, guided missile destroyer Ranvir, and its stealth frigates and corvettes, including one Sindhughosh class submarine.
The U.S. Navy will feature ships from the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and other units from the U.S. 7th Fleet. The nuclear-powered warship USS Nimitz will also take part.
The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force will be represented by JS Izumo, a helicopter carrier with SH 60K helicopters and JS Sazanami, a missile destroyer with SH 60K integral helicopter.
Pointing out that this was the 21st edition of such an exercise, Vice-Admiral Bisht said the planning for the current one began a year ago.