New Delhi: India, the United States, Japan, and Australia will participate in the latest edition of the Malabar exercise in Guam on Tuesday. The Indian Navy said that the 25th edition of MALABAR is planned from August 26-29 2021 in the Philippines Sea.
The aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the participating navies, develop common understanding and SOPs for Maritime Security Operations, said the Indian Navy.
“MALABAR-21 will witness exercises covering all three domains of maritime warfare including-live weapon firing, anti-surface, anti-air, and anti-submarine warfare drills, joint manoeuvres and tactical exercises,” the Navy said.
INS Shivalik and INS Kadmatt will take part in the exercise from India.
The two ships are scheduled to participate in the annual Exercise MALABAR-21, between navies of Australia, India, Japan, and the USA. MALABAR series of maritime exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral IN-USN exercise and has grown in stature over the years to include four prominent navies in the Pacific and Indian Ocean Region, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
MALABAR-21 would witness high-tempo exercises conducted between Destroyers’, Frigates, Corvettes, Submarines, Helicopters and Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft of the participating navies. Complex surface, sub-surface and air operations including Live Weapon Firing Drills, Anti-Surface, Anti-Air, and Anti-Submarine Warfare Drills, Joint Manoeuvres, and Tactical exercises will be conducted during the exercise.
The exercise will provide an opportunity for common minded navies to enhance inter-operability, gain from best practices and develop a common understanding of procedures for Maritime Security Operations.