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NSW Wraps Up SOF Phase of MALABAR with Partner Nations

09 September 2021

From Ensign Amara Timberlake

SANTA RITA, GUAM (NNS) - U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW), Indian Navy Marine Commandos, and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Special Boarding Units completed the special operations forces (SOF) phase of MALABAR 21 in Santa Rita, Guam, Sept. 5.

MALABAR 21 is a multilateral naval field training exercise between the Royal Australian Navy, Indian Navy, JMSDF, and U.S. Navy conducted to improve collective maritime capabilities and relationships.

“Our combined forces have a common understanding of a shared working environment at sea,” said U.S. Navy Capt. David Abernathy, commander, Naval Special Warfare Group 1. “Exercises like these provide practical, hands-on training between multinational special operations forces, allowing our forces to share our skills. Naval Special Warfare consistently looks for opportunities to enhance this ongoing professional partnership.”


The two-week SOF phase of MALABAR 21 focused on interoperability and information-sharing, to include practicing high-end tactics in complex maritime environments. The training scenarios allowed the operators to integrate with traditional fleet assets, both in port and at sea.

U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) operators start an IV for a simulated wounded service member during an urban combat training scenario as part of MALABAR 2021.
SANTA RITA, Guam (Sept. 1, 2021) U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) operators start an IV for a simulated wounded service member during an urban combat training scenario as part of MALABAR 2021. MALABAR 2021 is an example of the enduring partnership between Australian, Indian, Japanese and American maritime forces, who routinely operate together in the Indo-Pacific, fostering a cooperative approach toward regional security and stability. NSW is the nation’s premiere maritime special operations force and is uniquely positioned to extend the Fleet’s reach and deliver all-domain options for naval and joint force commanders. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Amara Timberlake)
U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) operators start an IV for a simulated wounded service member during an urban combat training scenario as part of MALABAR 2021.
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SANTA RITA, Guam (Sept. 1, 2021) U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) operators start an IV for a simulated wounded service member during an urban combat training scenario as part of MALABAR 2021. MALABAR 2021 is an example of the enduring partnership between Australian, Indian, Japanese and American maritime forces, who routinely operate together in the Indo-Pacific, fostering a cooperative approach toward regional security and stability. NSW is the nation’s premiere maritime special operations force and is uniquely positioned to extend the Fleet’s reach and deliver all-domain options for naval and joint force commanders. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Amara Timberlake)
Photo By: Ensign Amara Timberlake
VIRIN: 210901-N-TM112-1155


SOF teams participated in mission planning and close-quarters battle simulations that tested endurance and incorporated elements of combat-casualty care, hostage rescue, and improvised explosive devices.

The SOF phase of MALABAR 21 also included fast-rope, combat dive operations, maritime strike warfare, explosive ordnance disposal subject matter expert exchanges, and visit, board, search, and seizure drills.

U.S. 7th Fleet’s Task Force 75 (CTF 75) also participated in the exercise, hosting the urban combat training scenario and an explosive ordnance disposal subject matter expert exchange.

MALABAR 2021 is an example of the enduring partnership between Australian, Indian, Japanese and U.S. maritime forces, who routinely operate together in the Indo-Pacific, fostering a cooperative approach toward regional security and stability.

A U.S. Naval Special Warfare operator climbs aboard the Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) during a boarding exercise as part of MALABAR 2021.
SANTA RITA, Guam (Aug. 26, 2021) A U.S. Naval Special Warfare operator climbs aboard the Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) during a boarding exercise as part of MALABAR 2021. MALABAR 2021 is an example of the enduring partnership between Australian, Indian, Japanese and American maritime forces, who routinely operate together in the Indo-Pacific, fostering a cooperative approach toward regional security and stability. Naval Special Warfare is the nation’s premiere maritime special operations force and is uniquely positioned to extend the fleet’s reach and deliver all-domain options for naval and joint force commanders. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Amara Timberlake)
A U.S. Naval Special Warfare operator climbs aboard the Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) during a boarding exercise as part of MALABAR 2021.
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SANTA RITA, Guam (Aug. 26, 2021) A U.S. Naval Special Warfare operator climbs aboard the Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) during a boarding exercise as part of MALABAR 2021. MALABAR 2021 is an example of the enduring partnership between Australian, Indian, Japanese and American maritime forces, who routinely operate together in the Indo-Pacific, fostering a cooperative approach toward regional security and stability. Naval Special Warfare is the nation’s premiere maritime special operations force and is uniquely positioned to extend the fleet’s reach and deliver all-domain options for naval and joint force commanders. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Amara Timberlake)
Photo By: Ensign Amara Timberlake
VIRIN: 210826-N-TM112-1036


NSW is the nation's premier maritime special operations force and is uniquely positioned to extend the fleet's reach and deliver all-domain options for multinational forces.

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