Within a year of holding their largest joint naval exercise, India and the United States soon will team up for another that will include a U.S. nuclear submarine.
The exercise, the most recent in the Indo-U.S. Malabar series, will be held off the cost of Goa for a week beginning Oct. 4.
A senior Indian Navy official said Sept. 29 that the participating U.S. Navy ships will include a Los Angeles-class nuclear submarine, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate and the missile cruiser Ticonderoga.
The U.S. Navy also will bring P-3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft, which India is negotiating to buy from the United States through the Foreign Military Sales route.
The Indian Navy is fielding one Delhi-class guided missile destroyer, one Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigate, a German-built Shishukumar-class submarine, and Sea Harrier jump jets operating from Goa land bases.
Besides anti-submarine warfare, the two navies will undertake maneuvers on sea-control missions, fleet air defense and surface firings.
In October 2003, the two navies met for a joint exercise Oct. 5-8 off the cost of Kochi in the Arabian Sea.