The dates of the first 'quad' version of the annual Malabar naval exercises have been announced.

The 24th Malabar naval exercise scheduled to be held in two phases: 

* Phase 1 involving Indian Navy, US Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force & Royal Australian Navy will commence off Visakhapatnam in Bay of Bengal from Noveember 3 to 6. 

* Phase 2 to be conducted in the Arabian Sea mid-November.

Indian naval formation will be led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsyayan who will lead destroyer Ranvijay, frigate Shivalik, off-shore patrol vessel Sukanya, fleet support ship Shakti and submarine Sindhuraj in the drills. The air component will see the Hawk, P-8I, Dornier aircraft and helicopters taking part.

Watch this video of the USS John S. McCain and HMAS Ballarat setting course for Exercise Malabar.

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