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Submarine exercise planner, Lt. John Shuler, primary action officer for Exercise Malabar 07-01— held earlier this year—discusses plans with Lt. Cmdr. Vivek Madhwal, Indian navy anti-submarine warfare officer for INSRana(D52) in the wardroom of Indian navy destroyer INS Mysore(D60). Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Beeman.

The USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group, including USS Chicago (SSN-721) and embarked Carrier Air Wing 5, completed exercise Malabar Sept. 9 with USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, Carrier Air Wing 11, and ships from the Indian Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and the Republic of Singapore Navy.

The six-day exercise began Sept. 4 and took place in the Bay of Bengal. It involved more than 20,000 personnel on 28 ships and 150 aircraft.

This year was different from previous exercises because India expanded by inviting Japan, Singapore, and Australia to join the exercise, increasing its scale and complexity.

The five nations worked together to improve their anti-submarine warfare, anti-piracy, humanitarian and combat skills, in an effort to be prepared should a real-life situation call them to work together in the future.

“[Malabar] is an exercise for bringing maritime professionals together and learning from each other,” said Vice Adm. Doug Crowder,
U.S. 7th Fleet commander.

Malabar 07-2 is the strike group’s final major exercise of its summer deployment. The ships operate from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and the air wing operates from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. Together, they serve as the 7th Fleet’s combatant force.

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Los Angeles-class attack submarine USSChicago
(SSN-721)transits in formation during Malabar 2007.
Photo by Seaman Stephen Rowe.

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USSChicago(SSN-721) transits in formation for a joint photo exercise during Exercise Malabar 07-2.
Photo by Seaman Stephen Rowe.