In this March 4, 2011 file photo, Sailors aboard USS Reuben James (FFG 57) man the rails while entering Muara, Brunei for a port visit. Reuben James will participate in exercise Malabar with the Indian Navy beginning Apr. 3. (Official U.S. Navy photo)

WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - Naval personnel from India and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2011, April 3-10.

Malabar is a regularly scheduled bilateral naval field training exercise and has grown in scope and complexity over the years. Malabar 2011 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises conducted to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues.

The at-sea portions will be conducted in the western Pacific Ocean, east of the Luzon Strait and east of Okinawa. The location coincides with the Indian Navy's western Pacific deployment. The exercise is designed to advance U.S.-Indian military-to-military coordination and capacity to plan and execute tactical operations.

Events planned during the exercise include liaison officer professional exchanges and embarks; communications exercises; surface action group exercise operations; formation maneuvering; helicopter cross deck evolutions; underway replenishments; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; gunnery exercises; visit, board, search and seizure; maritime strike; air defense; screen exercise; and anti-submarine warfare.

U.S. Navy participants include USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Reuben James (FFG 57) and a nuclear powered attack submarine. Indian Navy participants include INS Dehli, INS Ranvijay, INS Ranvir, INS Jyoti and INS Kirch.