Eye on China: India-led Quad displays military prowess in Malabar naval exercise


Anti-submarine and anti-aircraft drills

The 24th edition of MALABAR maritime exercise, hosted by Indian Navy (IN) in two phases, concluded in the Arabian Sea on Nov 20.

Phase 1 of the exercise involving participation by Indian Navy (IN), United States Navy (USN), Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN), was conducted off Visakhapatnam in Bay of Bengal from 3-6 November 2020.

The second phase was conducted in the Arabian Sea from 17-20 November 2020. India, Australia, Japan and the United States had started a strategic navy drill in the Bay of Bengal, with all four countries keeping a wary eye on China’s growing military power.

The exercises — with anti-submarine and anti-aircraft drills — went ahead as India is embroiled in a deadly border showdown with China and has sought closer military ties with other countries.

Indo-Pacific region
Indian Navy’s participation in Phase 2 was led by Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet and included aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, indigenous destroyers Kolkata and Chennai, stealth frigate Talwar, Fleet Support Ship Deepak and the integral helicopters of these warships, indigenously built submarine Khanderi and P8I and IL-38 maritime reconnaissance aircraft.

“Exercise Malabar is an important opportunity to work in concert with like-minded nations to support a secure, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” Australia’s Defence Minister, Linda Reynolds, said in a statement.

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