Malabar Exercise 2020: Joint Naval War Drills in Two Phases
The first phase of the QUAD members mega naval exercise ‘MALABAR 20’ involving navies of India, US, Japan and Australia will kick off from 3 to 6 November in the Bay of Bengal, off the Vishakhapatnam coast. The second phase of the exercise is to be conducted in the Arabian Sea in mid-November. The 24th edition of the Malabar naval exercise will witness the Royal Australian Navy taking part in the drills after 2007, when it first took part in the exercise.
Last week, India announced that Australia would be part of the Malabar exercise which makes it a drill by all four member nations of the QUAD – Quadrilateral alliance – the Indo Pacific cooperation between Japan, India, Australia and the US. Australia accepted the invitation extended by India following the Foreign Ministers of QUAD talks in Tokyo earlier in the month focusing on enhancing their cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.