Checkmate China: India-US-Japan Malabar exercise a message gift-wrapped for Beijing

Checkmate China: India-US-Japan Malabar exercise a message gift-wrapped for Beijing

The manouevering was aimed at streamlining procedure in ship handling and communications, the Indian Navy said in a statement.

The exercise also saw cross deck flying operations, wherein, helicopter from the United States Ship (USS) Shoup landed onboard Indian Naval Ship's (INS) Sahyadri and Japanese Naval (JN) Sazanami.

A helicopter from "Sazanami" then undertook flying operations from INS Sahayadri and USS Shoup.

Powerplay doesn't get bigger than this! Amazing images of India, US aircraft carriers and fighter jets together in deep sea

The cross deck flying operations require a high degree of interoperability and knowledge of procedures of participating ships and helicopters. Despite the rough seas and challenging weather, the ships and aircraft of the three navies carried out their assigned tasks in a cohesive manner.

Malabar 2017: According to the Indian Navy, as part of the Malabar 2017 tri-lateral exercises, MiG 29K fighter jets took off from India's largest warship, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. This was followed by flying operations by helicopters of US Navy ships.

Taking part in the trilateral naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal would be US Ship Nimitz (CVN68), guided missile cruise USS Princeton (CG59), guided missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG83), USS Shoup (DDG86) and USS Kidd (DDG100), a Poseidon P-8A aircraft as well as a Los Angeles fast-attack submarine.

Sixteen ships and more than 95 aircraft from the three countries are participating in the exercise.

The INS Vikramaditya, India's aircraft carrier participating in the exercise launched the MiG 29K fighter aircraft to undertake combat missions against the U.S. Navy F-18 fighter aircraft launched from the USS Nimitz, the USN aircraft carrier, for combined crew training.