Indo-US Naval Exercise Malabar 2013

By SP's Special Correspondent
Photo Credit : US Navy by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly
 
November 11, 2012 : Crew on board US Navy destroyer USS McCampbell, currently off the coast of Chennai for the Malabar 2013 joint exercise, spent many hours in the Tamil Nadu capital conducting community service projects, and trying their hand at India's best loved sport cricket. Images obtained exclusively by SP's depict the side of warfare exercises rarely seen—the human to human camaraderie, the bonhomie and friendship at the most primary level, far more intimate and enduring than the meeting at sea of warships amidst the clatter of helicopters and gunfire. The Indian and US navies have, over the years, been able to establish a formidable level of understanding, with both sides now sharpening the level of engagement to just one destroyer from the US, and a pair of frontline warships—the Ranvijay and Shivalik—from the Indian side.