Indian, Japanese and U.S. Maritime Forces to Participate in Malabar 2017 Published: June 2017 NEW DELHI. Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2017, in mid-summer 2017. Malabar 2017 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises 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. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training off the eastern coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. Training will focus on high-end warfighting skillsets, subject matter expert and professional exchanges, combined carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, medical operations, damage control, special forces, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), helicopter operations, and visit board search and seizure (VBSS) operations.