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Malabar Exercise 2021

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 11, Oct 2021
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  • The Indian Navy (IN) would be participating in the Second Phase of Multilateral Maritime Exercise Malabar along with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF), Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the United States Navy (USN).
  • First Phase of the exercise was conducted in the Philippines Sea from 26 – 29 Aug 2021.
  • The Indian Navy’s participation includes INS Ranvijay, INS Satpura, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft and a Submarine.
  • The US Navy will be represented by the Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson along with two destroyers, USS Lake Champlain and USS Stockdale.
  • The JMSDF will be represented by JS Kaga and JS Murasame.
  • The Royal Australian Navy will be represented by HMAS Ballarat and HMAS Sirius.

History of Malabar Exercise

  • The Malabar series of exercises began as an annual bilateral naval exercise between India and the US in 1992.
  • Two more editions of the exercise were carried out in 1995 and 1996, after which there was a break until 2002 in the aftermath of India's nuclear tests.
  • This is the 25th edition of Malabar Exercise
  • Japan and Australia first participated in 2007, and since 2014, India, the US and Japan have participated in the exercise every year.
  • In 2020 Australia joined the Malabar Exercise on India’s request in order to contain China in the Indo-Pacific region