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SECOND PHASE OF MALABAR EXERCISE 2021

SECOND PHASE OF MALABAR EXERCISE 2021

Context:

The 2nd phase of Exercise Malabar 2021, between the Quad countries, will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal from October 12 to 15, 2021.

About the second phase of Malabar Exercise 2021:

  • The Indian Navy will participate with P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, INS Ranvijay, INS Satpura and a Submarine.
  • The US Navy will be represented by the Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson along with two destroyers, USS Stockdale and USS Lake Champlain.
  • Japan’s JMSDF will be represented by JS Murasame and JS Kaga.
  • Whilst, the Royal Australian Navy will be represented by HMAS Ballarat and HMAS Sirius.

Key Highlights:

  • Phase 1 of Exercise Malabar 2021 was conducted off the coast of Guam, in the Philippine Sea, in the Western Pacific from August 26 to 29, 2021.
  • Exercise Malabar 2021 is the 25th edition of MALABAR.
  • Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF), Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the United States Navy (USN) are the other participants in the exercise.
  • The Exercise Malabar was first held in 1992 as a bilateral drill between the Indian Navy and the US Navy in the Indian Ocean. Later in 2015, Japan became a permanent member of the exercise.

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