Exercise Malabar Phase II will take place next week in the Bay of Bengal

According to official information, the Quadrilateral Group consisting of India, Australia, Japan and the USA is to hold phase II of the Malabar naval exercise next week.

This is the first military engagement by the Quad partner countries since Australia, the US and the UK presented the AUKUS initiative to deepen cooperation on a number of “emerging security and defense capabilities”, including equipping Australia with at least eight nuclear power plants -Submarines (SSN.) Heard).

The exercise will take place over three days in the Bay of Bengal starting October 12, an official source said.

Phase I of Malabar, also its 25th edition, was hosted by the US and held outside Guam from August 26th to 29th.

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ships that have arrived in India for the bilateral exercise JIMEX will participate in Phase II. These include the Izumo-class helicopter carrier Kaga and the guided missile destroyer Murasame, as well as their integrated SH60K helicopters.

The Malabar exercise began in 1992 as an exercise between India and the United States. In 2015, Japan joined as a permanent member and Australia was included in the 2020 edition.

Malabar has grown significantly in size and complexity over the years, and since adding more members, interoperability between partner countries has continued to deepen. This got a boost as India signed the fundamental agreements with the US and acquired more and more military platforms that created common ground.

All partner countries have bilateral logistics agreements and maritime cooperation agreements with India and have deployed an International Liaison Officer in the Navy’s Information Fusion Center for Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR), the hub for maritime domain awareness in the region.