Indian, U.S. navies strengthen partnership, joint capabilities

25 August 2021

From Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

Representatives and ships of the Indian Navy are visiting Guam in the midst of a deployment to participate in exercise Malabar 2021.
Cmdr, Jason Paradis, officer-in-charge of Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, Det. Guam, discusses the capabilities of the Integrated Submarine Piloting and Navigation trainer to members of the Indian navy delegation.
Cmdr. Jason Paradis, officer-in-charge of Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, Det. Guam, discusses the capabilities of the Integrated Submarine Piloting and Navigation trainer to members of the Indian Navy delegation. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Meagan Morrison)
Cmdr, Jason Paradis, officer-in-charge of Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, Det. Guam, discusses the capabilities of the Integrated Submarine Piloting and Navigation trainer to members of the Indian navy delegation.
Cmdr. Jason Paradis, officer-in-charge of Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, Det. Guam, discusses the capabilities of the Integrated Submarine Piloting and Navigation trainer to members of the Indian Navy delegation. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Meagan Morrison)
Photo By: Lt. Meagan Morrison
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ASAN, Guam - Representatives and ships of the Indian Navy are visiting Guam for a scheduled port visit in the midst of a deployment to support exercise Malabar 2021.

During the visit, Indian navy Vice Adm. Ajendra Bahadur Singh, flag officer commanding-in-chief, Indian Navy Eastern Naval Command along with Rear Adm. Tarun Sobti, commander of Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) were hosted by Rear Adm. Leonard C. “Butch” Dollaga, commander of Submarine Group 7 (CSG 7). During the visit they met with Navy leadership and toured various naval units.

“It was a real pleasure to host Vice Adm. Singh, Rear Adm. Sobti and our other Indian navy partners,” said Dollaga. “They share a common understanding of conducting maritime operations in a dynamic environment, and in particular, beneath the sea. What better way to demonstrate our shared commitment to ensuring regional security and stability than by having these types of exchanges that enrich our professional relationships and further our cooperation and interoperability.”

Navy Diver 1st Class John Thomason, assigned to the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), explains some of the capabilities of the dive locker to members of an Indian navy delegation during a tour of Emory S. Land as part of Malabar 2021.
Navy Diver 1st Class John Thomason, assigned to USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), explains some of the capabilities of the dive locker to members of the Indian Navy delegation. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jordyn Diomede)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | Navy Diver 1st Class John Thomason, assigned to USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), explains some of the capabilities of the dive locker to members of the Indian Navy delegation. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Jordyn Diomede)
Indian navy Vice. Adm. Ajendra Singh, flag officer commanding-in-chief, eastern naval command, speaks with Cmdr. Steven Lawrence, commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723), during a tour of the submarine's torpedo room.
Indian Navy Vice. Adm. Ajendra Singh speaks with Cmdr. Steven Lawrence, commanding officer of USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723). (U.S. Navy/Lt. Meagan Morrison)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | Indian Navy Vice. Adm. Ajendra Singh speaks with Cmdr. Steven Lawrence, commanding officer of USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723). (U.S. Navy/Lt. Meagan Morrison)
The Indian navy frigate INS Shivalik (F47) sails into Apra Harbor, Guam, August 21, 2021, as part of Malabar 2021.
INS Shivalik (F47) sails into Guam's Apra Harbor. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Naomi Johnson)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | INS Shivalik (F47) sails into Guam's Apra Harbor. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Naomi Johnson)
The Indian navy anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kadmatt (P29) sails into Apra Harbor, Guam, August 21, 2021, as part of Malabar 2021.
INS Kadmatt (P29) arrives at U.S. Naval Base Guam. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Naomi Johnson)
SLIDESHOW | 4 images | INS Kadmatt (P29) arrives at U.S. Naval Base Guam. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Naomi Johnson)

Shivalik-class multi-role stealth frigate INS Shivalik (F 47), and Kamorta-class anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kadmatt (P 29) arrived in Guam as part of their ongoing deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.

“We are pleased to host our Indian friends as they transit the region to support Malabar 21,” Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Adm. Benjamin Nicholson said. “These visits provide us the opportunity to enhance and develop partnerships in the region, which is key to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Exercise Malabar is an annual maritime exercise that enhances planning, training, and employment of advanced warfare tactics among the Royal Australian Navy, Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. Navy.

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