Called the Malabar exercise that started in 1992 as a bilateral India-US naval exercise, it became a three-country formation with Japan joining in 2015. This year, Australia is participating for the first time in more than 10 years – a sign of the growing importance of the group.
The naval exercise is scheduled in two phases. Phase one took off from the Eastern Navy headquarters in Visakhapatnam from November 3 to 6. The second phase is due to be conducted in the Arabian Sea in mid- November. Last year it was held in early September off the coast of Japan. This year’s Malabar Exercise has been planned on a “non-contact-at sea” format keeping Covid-19 protocols in mind.
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