Australia to join Malabar naval exercise.

Australia is all set to join Malabar naval exercise involving India, US and Japan. Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds highlighted that the Malabar drill is a milestone opportunity for the Australian Defence Force.

Highlights

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

 Annual Naval Exercise Malabar-2020

This year, the 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 exercise seeks to further strengthen the coordination between the Navies of the four countries. 

India’s Reaction

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

Malabar exercise

 The Malabar exercise is an annual exercise between the navies of India, Japan, and the U.S. The exercise is held alternately in the Indian ocean and Pacific Oceans. The exercise was started in the year 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the U.S. Japan was included in 2015 after which the exercise got expanded into trilateral format with the inclusion of Japan in 2015.