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Forces from Japan and India will join the U.S. Navy and Marines for Exercise Malabar 09 off Okinawa from Sunday through May 3.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is a newcomer to the exercise, which has historically involved U.S. and Indian aircraft, ships and submarines, according to a release.

Training this year will include anti-submarine and surface maneuvers, gunnery training, air defense and boarding operations.

U.S. ships will include the 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge, guided missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS Chafee, fast-attack submarine USS Seawolf, and various P-3C and SH-60 aircraft.

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