SEALs tighten ties with India


Members of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two prepare to launch one of the team's SEAL Delivery Vehicles from the attack submarine Philadelphia in 2005. Similar deliveries will likely be used in joint training with India currently underway. (Photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Andrew McKaskle)

Earlier this  month, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead visited the naval forces of India to strengthen the maritime partnership.

Now, the SEALs are getting in on that action.

The Indian newspaper The Telegraph reported today that the cruiser Shiloh, destroyers Chaffee and Lassen, frigate Curts, attack submarine Annapolis, two P3C Orions and a 28-member special forces team haved teamed with the Indian Navy to practice anti-submarine warfare and special operations in the 14th Malabar exercise.

The United States is the only country with which India conducts large-scale naval exercises, and this is the first time we’ve sent SEALs to participate in the exercise, scheduled to run through May 2.

The Indian Navy has a destroyer, three frigates, a submarine, Sea Harrier fighters and various helicopters from its Western Fleet participating in the bilateral exercise.


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