Highlights

After the QUAD group meeting on Exercise, Commonwealth of Australia is all set to join first Phase of Malabar naval exercise with other members India, United States and Japan. Linda Reynolds Australian Defence Minister states that the Malabar Naval drill is a milestone opportunity for the Australian Defence Force.

QUAD Malabar Naval exercise showcases the deep trust between 4 Indo-Pacific democracies namely, India, United States of America, Japan and Australia. The Malabar exercise also highlights the shared will of these countries to work together on common security interests.

This is the First Phase from Nov 3 to 6 in the Bay of Bengal and the second phase to be held from November 17 to 20 in the Arabian sea.

 Annual Naval Exercise Malabar 2020

The year 2020, the Malabar exercise is expected to be held in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. The exercise has been planned on the format of a ‘non-contact-at sea’. The Malabar exercise seeks to further strengthen the coordination between the Navies of the QUAD Countries. 

India’s Reaction

Rajnath Singh Defence Ministry states that India seeks to increase cooperation with other QUAD countries in the maritime security domain, In order to further boost the cooperation with Australia, Malabar drill 2020 will observe the participation of the Australian Navy. The countries participating in the Malabar drill are engaging with each other in order to enhance safety and security in the maritime domain. QUAD countries support free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific together, however, QUAD countries are committed to a rules based international order.

Malabar Naval exercise

 The Malabar exercise is an annual exercise of the India, Japan, and the United States Navies. The Malabar exercise is held alternately in the Indian ocean and Pacific Oceans. The Malabar was started in the year 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the United States Japan was included in 2015 after which the exercise. Australia to join Malabar naval exercise