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U.S. Navy Ships Arrive in India for 10th Malabar Exercise

By Lt. Ron Flanders, Carrier Strike Group 7 Public Affairs
Posted: October 17, 2008

GOA, India – Three ships from Carrier Strike Group 7 arrived in the Indian port city of Goa to kick off Exercise Malabar, a bilateral training event with the Indian Navy Oct. 18.

While in port, crews from the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) and the guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) trained on damage control, combat systems and electronic warfare. American and Indian naval officers also attended a reception held aboard the destroyer INS Mumbai (D62).

“India and the United States are natural friends. We share democratic traditions and seafaring traditions,” said Capt. John Nolan, Chancellorsville’s commanding officer. “Our Sailors are very happy to be here in the beautiful port city of Goa and are excited to work with our counterparts in the Indian Navy.”

Malabar 2008 is the 10th exercise hosted by India in which the United States Navy has participated. This year’s exercise, which takes place in the Arabian Sea, also includes the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing 14, guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73), USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) and the fast-attack submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761). The Indian Navy contingent includes three guided-missile destroyers, four guided-missile frigates, an underway replenishment ship and a submarine.

“This greatly enhances our two navies’ interoperability, which is very important to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, as well as issues of maritime security and piracy,” said Indian Navy Rear Adm. Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Command Western Fleet (FOCWF).
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