'Quad' alliance set for Malabar naval wargames off Bay of Bengal

First Published 2, Nov 2020, 5:51 PM

Phase-1 will witness participation of Indian Navy units with US guided-missile destroyer John S McCain, HMAS long range frigate Ballarat with integral MH-60 helicopter, and Japan Maritime Self Defence destroyer Onami with an integral SH-60 helicopter.  

<p>The Phase 1 of the 24th edition of the Malabar naval exercise will start off Visakhapatnam in Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p>

The Phase 1 of the 24th edition of the Malabar naval exercise will start off Visakhapatnam in Bay of Bengal on Tuesday. 

<p>Phase 1 of the Exercise Malabar will see participation by Indian Navy, United States Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force and Royal Australian Navy.</p>

Phase 1 of the Exercise Malabar will see participation by Indian Navy, United States Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force and Royal Australian Navy.

<p>The Malabar series of maritime exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral India-US exercise. The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force joined the exercise in 2015.&nbsp;</p>

The Malabar series of maritime exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral India-US exercise. The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force joined the exercise in 2015. 

<p>The 2020 edition will now witness participation of the Royal Australian Navy in this joint maritime exercise.</p>

The 2020 edition will now witness participation of the Royal Australian Navy in this joint maritime exercise.

<p>Phase-1 will witness participation of Indian Navy units with US guided-missile destroyer John S McCain, HMAS long range frigate Ballarat with integral MH-60 helicopter, and Japan Maritime Self Defence destroyer Onami with an integral SH-60 helicopter. &nbsp;</p>

Phase-1 will witness participation of Indian Navy units with US guided-missile destroyer John S McCain, HMAS long range frigate Ballarat with integral MH-60 helicopter, and Japan Maritime Self Defence destroyer Onami with an integral SH-60 helicopter.  

<p>The Indian Navy participation in Phase 1 will be led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.&nbsp;</p>

The Indian Navy participation in Phase 1 will be led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. 

<p>Indian Navy units participating in the exercise include destroyer Ranvijay, frigate Shivalik, Off Shore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, Fleet Support Ship Shakti and submarine Sindhuraj.&nbsp;</p>

Indian Navy units participating in the exercise include destroyer Ranvijay, frigate Shivalik, Off Shore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, Fleet Support Ship Shakti and submarine Sindhuraj. 

<p>In addition, Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk, long-range maritime patrol aircraft P-8I, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, and helicopters will also be participating in the exercise.&nbsp;</p>

In addition, Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk, long-range maritime patrol aircraft P-8I, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, and helicopters will also be participating in the exercise. 

<p>The exercise, being conducted as a 'non-contact, at sea only' exercise in view of COVID-19 pandemic, will showcase the high-levels of synergy and coordination between the friendly navies, which is based on their shared values and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.&nbsp;</p>

The exercise, being conducted as a 'non-contact, at sea only' exercise in view of COVID-19 pandemic, will showcase the high-levels of synergy and coordination between the friendly navies, which is based on their shared values and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order. 

<p>Malabar 2020 Phase 1 would witness complex and advanced naval exercises including surface, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare operations, cross deck flying, seamanship evolutions and weapon firing exercises.</p>

Malabar 2020 Phase 1 would witness complex and advanced naval exercises including surface, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare operations, cross deck flying, seamanship evolutions and weapon firing exercises.

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