The 25th Edition of Naval Exercise Malabar is conducted between the India Navy, the United States (US) Navy, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) & the Royal Australian Navy (RAF) in the Western Pacific Ocean. The exercise is hosted by the US Navy from 26th-29th August, 2021.
- It aims to support free, open & inclusive Indo-Pacific and remain committed to a rules based international order
- The Sea phase of the exercise includes complex drills including anti-surface, anti-air and anti-submarine warfare drills, and other manoeuvres and tactical exercises.
- The Indian Navy’s participation includes Indian Naval Ship (INS) Shivalik and INS Kadmatt and P8I patrol aircraft.
- The US Navy is represented by USS Barry, USNS Rappahannock, USNS Big Horn and P8A patrol aircraft. The JMSDF is represented by JS Kaga, Murasame & Shiranui, a submarine and P1 patrol aircraft. The RAF is being represented by HMAS Warramunga.
i.The Malabar Started is an annual bilateral exercise started in 1992 between the Indian Navy & the US Navy.
ii.Then it became a trilateral exercise, After Japan joined as the permanent member of the exercise in 2015.
iii.In the 2020 edition, Australia participated in the exercise malabar.
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