Second phase of Malabar exercise begins in Bay of Bengal | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The second phase of the excessive-voltage Malabar exercise that includes the navies of all 4 Quad international locations — India, the US, Australia and Japan — started in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.
The US has deployed its nuclear-powered US plane service Carl Vinson for the 4-day mega wargame.
The first phase of the exercise occurred off the coast of Guam in the Western Pacific from August 26-29.
Indian Navy officers stated the second phase of the Malabar exercise is that includes a quantity of complicated drills involving a number of frontline warships and different belongings of the 4 navies.
The Indian Navy deployed its frontline warships INS Ranvijay and INS Satpura, a submarine and a fleet of P8I lengthy vary maritime patrol plane for the exercise.
The starting of the second phase of the Malabar exercise coincided with go to to India of chief of US naval operations Admiral Michael Gilday.
Admiral Gilday on Tuesday held intensive talks with Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh on additional boosting total bilateral maritime safety cooperation. Besides the Nimitz-class plane service USS Carl Vinson, the US has deployed Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale.
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force deployed helicopter service JS Kaga and Murasame-class destroyers JS Murasame whereas the Royal Australian Navy is being represented by HMAS Ballarat and HMAS Sirius, the officers stated.
Following India’s invitation, Australia participated in the Malabar exercise final 12 months that successfully made it a drill by all 4 member nations of the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition. Australia participated in the primary phase of Malabar exercise this 12 months too.
The exercise witnessed renewed momentum in the backdrop of the rising convergence of pursuits in the maritime area among the many 4 Quad international locations.
China has been suspicious concerning the objective of the Malabar exercise because it feels that the annual struggle recreation is an effort to include its affect in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Malabar exercise began in 1992 as a bilateral drill between the Indian Navy and the US Navy in the Indian Ocean. Japan turned a everlasting member of the exercise in 2015.
This annual exercise was carried out off the coast of Guam in 2018 and off the coast of Japan in 2019.
Last 12 months, the exercise was hosted in two phases in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.
There have been mounting world issues over China’s rising army assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific area.
India, the US, Australia, Japan and lots of different like-minded international locations are working in the direction of making certain a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.

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