Indian Navy Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh said the Malabar exercise started 25 years ago and will continue for years to come
Exercise Malabar – 2021 is being held to ensure peace and stability in the region, and we are on Aug.
He spoke to the media aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the super-aircraft carrier that is the lead ship of the US carrier attack group participating in the exercise in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean region.
“Ships from India, Japan and Australia are taking part in Malabar this time around, and the highlight of the exercise is seeing like-minded Marines from tech-savvy democracies take part in the exercise,” he said.
“We already have a very good relationship with India and our leaders have met to cement that relationship. This exercise is part of this relationship that we share, ”said Gilday.
Regarding the role of Malabar-2021, Mr Gilday said that about 60% of the world’s sea trade goes through the IOR region, which comprises 90% of the oil. Every country’s economy depends on free and safe maritime trade, and our vision is to hold such joint exercises to keep the oceans free and safe, he said.
When asked if Quad can have more member nations in the future, the CNO said the group has four like-minded democracies but they are open to any democracies that value their sovereignty and security.
In addition to the supercarrier of the Nimitz-class Carl Vinson, the USA are involved with destroyers and guided missile cruisers, India, Japan and Australia with two ships each.
Indian Navy Chief of Naval Staff Karambir Singh said the Malabar exercise began 25 years ago and will continue for years to come.
The exercise not only opens up naval cooperation between the four countries, but also facilitates trade in the region. It is part of the Navy’s duties to ensure free passage of trade, and such exercises strengthen the cause.