26th Exercise Malabar

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  • November 19, 2022
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In news: The 26th edition of Exercise Malabar culminated in the seas off the coast of Japan.

  • It was hosted by the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF)
  • 25th edition was hosted by the US Navy in the Western Pacific.

About Exercise Malabar:

  • Malabar series of exercises began in 1992 as a maritime drill between Navies of India and the US.
  • In 2015, the Japan (JMSDF) joined Exercise Malabar as a permanent member. The 2020 edition witnessed the participation of the Royal Australian Navy.
  • The 26th edition is quadrilateral maritime drill among the navies of the Quad countries — India, the United States, Japan and Australia.
  • The exercise aimed at cooperation in the strategically significant Indo-Pacific region, through improved interoperability with the partner navies.
  • In the 26th edition
  • The Indian Navy was represented by Eastern Fleet, led by its Flag Officer Commanding, Rear Admiral Sanjay Bhalla.
  • The Indian contingent was represented by stealth multirole frigate INS Shivalik and anti-submarine corvette INS Kamorta.
  • ‘War at Sea’ exercise
  • Exchange of ‘Sea Riders’
  • Significance: Apart from operational drills and exercises, the bilateral logistics support agreements between the participating countries were validated.

Source: Indian Express

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