Malabar 2017 Photo Exercise

BAY OF BENGAL (July 17, 2017) An MH-60S Sea Hawk Helicopter from the “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 hovers above the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a photo exercise with the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, July 17, 2017, in the Bay of Bengal as part of Exercise Malabar 2017. Malabar 2017 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises between the Indian Navy, JMSDF and U.S. Navy that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cole Schroeder)

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