6/8/2018 3:22:10 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Indian Navy ships are in the US naval base of Guam in the Western Pacific for the first time for war games with the US Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.
All the Indian ships now in Guam – the guided missile frigate Sahyadri, the anti-submarine corvette Kamorta, both Indian-built, and the fleet tanker Shakti built by an Italian shipbuilding firm based in Trieste – visited Changi Naval Base in Singapore earlier.
Only three Indian ships are participating in the annual Malabar naval exercise this year following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Beijing, which sees the joint naval war games as directed at containing China.
India once again refused Australia’s bid to participate in the war games – a bid also opposed by China.
The Indian contingent was much larger last year when the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and a Kilo-class submarine, in addition to seven other major Indian warships, participated in the exercise off Chennai and Visakhapatnam amid tensions with China.
The exercise this year began on June 7 and will continue till June 16.
The US contingent includes the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan with its air wing; two Ticonderoga class cruisers, USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville; two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, USS Benfold and USS Mustin; a Los Angeles-class attack submarine and one long-range maritime patrol aircraft P8A.
The Japanese forces taking part include a Hyuga class helicopter carrier JS Ise with integral helicopters; Takanami class destroyer JS Suzunami; Akizuki class destroyer JS Fuyuzuki, Japanese maritime patrol aircraft P1, and a submarine.