TOKYO: India, Japan and US to hold trilateral naval drills starting from Friday in Western Pacific.
The drills named Malabar are annually held between US and India since 2007 and Japan is included permanently since last year.
The drills include anti-submarine warfare and air defense training that will last till June 17.
Hyuga helicopter carrier, P-3C and P-1 patrol planes, and US-2 rescue aircrafts will take part from Japan side.
While India will send its four warships consisting of guided missile stealth frigates INS Satpura and Sahyadri: INS Shakti, and US will send its 7th Fleet in the drills.
Earlier, Japan was excluded from the Malabar Drills in 2007 after a strong objection from China.