US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson, the largest warship in the world, is heading towards Chennai for Exercise Malabar 2012. The nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), which the American military had used to dispose the body of Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, will dock off the port on Saturday.
The 330-metre-long super carrier is on a four-day visit to take part in Exercise Malabar 2012 with India and other allied countries. This will be the 15th edition of the multilateral exercise involving the United States,India,Japan,Australia, and Singapore. The Carl Vinson will be accompanied by two other US warships which will berth inside the port. China is extremely worried about the increasing defence partnership between India and the United States which China sees as an axis of democracy against the communist regime.
The Indian Navy will soon co-ordinate with USS Carl Vinson to commence Exercise Malabar 2012.
The Indian and US navies will together demonstrate their ocean defence capabilities off the eastern seaboard in the Bay of Bengal. They will guard the waters from Visakhapatnam to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that lead to the Strait of Malacca which is one of the world’s busiest waterways.
Indian and American armed forces have held as many as 60 exercises over the past eight years, the largest theUShas had with any other country in the world. Exercise Malabar, which has often included participation of aircraft carriers is the most prestigious military-to-military engagement between the two countries. Involving aircraft carriers from each side to conduct military manoeuvres signifies the ultimate trust between the military’s of both the countries.
The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) was the third of the 10 Nimitz-class supercarriers built for the US Navy. The carrier was commissioned on March 13, 1982 and has since been deployed in several combat operations.
In the 1990’s, it launched airstrikes in support of Operation Desert Fox and Operation Southern Watch inIraq. After the September 11 attacks, the USS Carl Vinson moved to the North Arabian Sea, to launch the first strikes of Operation Enduring Freedom.