Malabar 2009. Indian guided missile destroyer INS Ranvir, followed by guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, followed by helicopter carrier JS Kurama. US Department of Defense photo.

From The Pioneer:

Defence Minister AK Antony and External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will head to Japan in November this year ahead of newly elected Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda’s visit here in December, sources said. The dates for Antony and Krishna’s visit are being worked out, the sources added.

Antony, sources said, will propose a joint naval exercise between the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF), the naval branch of Japanese Self Defence Forces. (Link)

These would be the first ever Japan – India military exercises. Japan and India have previously both participated in the annual Malabar exercises. Malabar began life as a U.S. – Indian joint exercise, but expanded to irregularly include other nations such as Australia and Singapore. Lately Japan has been participating in Malabar on odd-numbered years. In fact, the article mentions that Malabar 2011 was to be hosted by Japan and hosted off the coast of Okinawa, but that was cancelled by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

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