MALABAR-21: Annual Naval exercise is all set to start today

MalabarSource: Indian Navy twitter

War ships of Quad countries will be on action at Pacific Ocean

by Sai Charan

Indian Navy is participating in Naval exercise ‘MALABAR-21’ from 26th to 29th August 2021 along with the US Navy, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and the Royal Australian Navy.

A statement released by the government said that the Indian Navy’s participation includes INS Shivalik, INS Kadmatt and P8I patrol aircraft. The Indian Navalships sailed to Guam where they participated in Operational turn around last week.

The US Navy will be represented by USS Barry, USNS Rappahannock, USNS Big Horn and P8A patrol aircraft. The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force will be represented by JS Kaga, Murasame and Shiranui, in addition to a submarine and P1 patrol aircraft. The Royal Australian Navy will be represented by HMAS Warramunga.

MALABAR-21 would witness complex exercises including anti-surface, anti-air and anti-submarine warfare drill, and other manoeuvres and tactical exercises. The exercise will provide an opportunity for participating navies to derive benefit from each other’s expertise and experiences.

The conduct of the exercise while observing health protocols during the COVID-19 global pandemic is a testimony to the synergy between the participating navies and our shared vision for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

About Malabar Exercise

It is an annual naval exercise between India, Japan, and the USA. Earlier this was held alternatively in Indian and Pacific Oceans. It was started as a bilateral naval exercise between India and USA in 1992. Since 2015 it was expanded as a trilateral exercise after the inclusion of Japan.

The aim of the exercise includes interoperability with an emphasis on humanitarian assistance, surface war manoeuvres, anti-submarines warfare, counter-terror operations, gunnery training, and aerial surveillance to establish rules based International order.

In 2020 after long deliberations, Australia was invited to join the exercise. All these four countries are part of strategic security dialogue ‘QUAD’ which is an informal grouping aims at “free, open and prosperous” Indo-Pacific region.