The United States (US) today spoke openly about the three-nation Malabar Naval Exercise involving India, Japan and the United States maritime forces. A top US official said that the naval exercise is a message to China and to any other country that might try to illegally stake claim to international sea routes and territories. During the inauguration of the five-day Malabar Naval Exercise on-board INS Jalashwa, US Navy Commander, Rear Admiral William D Byrne, said, “I would like to say this is a strategic message to China. It would also be the same to Canada or to Republic of Korea or to Australia or to any other maritime force.”
The Malabar naval exercise is aimed at achieving closer military relations between the US, India and Japan. Byrne said that such exercises allow respective navies to learn from each other and to perform better while working as a single force. He said that the naval exercises also act as a good example for nations in the regions. The naval exercises will see in action 16 ships, two submarines and around 95 aircrafts. Some of the top naval ships participating include US Ship Nimitz (CVN68), guided missile cruise USS Princeton (CG59), guided missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG83), USS Shoup (DDG86) and USS Kidd (DDG100), a Los Angeles fast-attack submarine, Japanese JS Izumo (DDH 183), JS Sazanami (DD1 13) and Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa and INS Vikramaditya.