The Indian Navy on Wednesday all set to participate in 25the edition of the annual naval exercise named ‘Malabar 21’ with Quad countries today.
The maritime exercise will take place in Guam from August 26 to 29 this year.
The Indian Navy will participate in the sea phase of Exercise Malabar 2021 along with its counterparts the US Navy (USN), Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
The first Malabar series of maritime exercises began in 1992 as the IN-USN exercise.
In 2015, JMSDF joined Malabar as a permanent member. The 2020 edition witnessed participation of the Royal Australian Navy. This year marks the 25th edition of Ex Malabar, being hosted by USN in the Western Pacific.
Malabar-21 will have complex exercises including anti-surface, anti-air and anti-submarine warfare exercises and other maneuvers and tactical exercises.
This will give an opportunity to the participating navies to get the benefit of getting acquainted with each other’s expertise and experiences.
At the same time, it is also testament to the synergy between the navies taking gardens to conduct the exercise while following health protocols during the Covid-19 pandemic and our shared vision for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.