CHENNAI, India, Oct. 14 (UPI)
Navies from the U.S., India, and Japan will participate in naval military exercise Malabar 2015 beginning on Wednesday. Malabar is a complex military exercise that has traditionally been held by the U.S. and India with Japanese forces sitting in as observers. Japan will now be a permanent participant as the country embraces more activist military policies, according to Defense News. The exercises test high-end warfighting and promote maritime cooperation between the participants. Participants will practice both land and at-sea skills, including carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol, reconnaissance operations, medical operations, and a number of others. The sea portion of the exercise will take place off the coast of India.