Malabar Naval Exercise

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The Malabar naval exercise, the most visible manifestation of the expanding military interoperability among the Quad countries, will be conducted off Australia for the first time this August.

About Malabar naval exercise:

  • It was started in 1992 as a bilateral naval exercise between India and US navy.
  • The first Malabar Exercise in the Bay of Bengal took place in 2007.
  • It was expanded into a trilateral format with the inclusion of Japan in 2015.
  • In 2020, the Australian Navy joined the Malabar Exercise, making it a quadrilateral naval exercise.
  • The aim of the Malabar Exercise of India, the US, Japan and Australia is to coordinate for a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
  • It takes place annually in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Oceans alternatively.
  • This exercise includes a diverse range of activities such as fighter combat operations and maritime interdiction operations.

Other Joint Maritime Exercises of India

  • IBSAMAR: It is a maritime exercise held by India, South Africa, and Brazil.
  • SIMBEX: India and Singapore.
  • SLINEX: India and Sri Lanka.


Q1) What is the role of the Indian Navy?

The Indian navy is involved in full range of operations in which a nation's naval forces may be involved is vast, ranging from high intensity war fighting at one end to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations at the other. 

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