Malabar exercise from Tuesday; with Australia in Quad forum complete
The first phase of the Malabar Naval exercise, including India, Australia, the US, and Japan begins on Tuesday. They will conduct the exercise in the Bay of Bengal and will demonstrate high-levels of coordination and synergy between the navies of four countries, the officials from the Ministry of Defense said.
The exercise will take place in two-phase, first one is scheduled for November 3 to 6, and the second phase for November 17 to 20 in the Arabian sea.
US Navy Ship USS John S McCain (Guided-missile destroyer), Australian Navy Ship HMAS Ballarat (long-range frigate), and Japan Maritime Self Defense Ship (JMSDF) Ship JS Onami (Destroyer) are participating along with Indian Navy.
It is the first time when the Quad combination of nations comprising India, Australia, Japan, and the US are coming together for Malabar Naval Exercise, which is primarily focusing on checking China’s increasing military muscle-flexing.
China’s relation with all four nations under strain for the last few months and this exercise of four leading global power has rattled China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan said, “We always believe that military cooperation between countries should be conducive to regional peace and stability,”
INS Ranvijay, multi-role frigate INS Shivalik, off-shore patrol vessel INS Sukanya, fleet tanker INS Shakti and submarine INS Sindhuraj will be deployed by the Indian side which is being led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan (Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet) during this phase.
The Indian Navy will also deploy advanced jet trainer Hawk, long-range maritime patrol aircraft P-8I, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, and several helicopters will be participating in the exercise.
This naval exercise was first launched in 1992 among India and the United States. Later in 2015, Japan joined the group and now Australia will be taking part for the first time.
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