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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and the Indian navy fleet oiler INS Shakti conduct a refueling at sea exercise, Indian Ocean, April 13, 2012 (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Andrew K. Haller).

U.S. Aims to Boost India, Asia Ties with Malabar Naval Exercise

Friday, July 25, 2014

Yesterday India and the United States kicked off the 2014 Malabar naval exercise, the latest in a series of joint exercises going back over two decades, with the Japanese navy participating as well. This serves as an opportunity for the United States to demonstrate its commitment to naval engagement in the region, to reassure nervous allies in the face of an expansionist China and to refocus the U.S.-India relationship, which is widely seen as off track.

The exercise will consist of activities on and around Japanese territory. According to a statement from the Indian navy, the exercise will include exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance activities and capabilities to interdict ships and combat piracy. ...

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