The four Quad nations’ navy will participate in the Malabar exercise near Sydney from August 11 to August 21 in an effort to strengthen their overall maritime cooperation.
The INS Sahyadri and INS Kolkata, two indigenous frontline warships of the Indian Navy, are taking part in the high-voltage drill, according to authorities.
The annual simulation will have both sea and harbor stages, and it is anticipated that the emphasis will be on increasing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, where China has been increasingly exercising its military might.
The harbor phase includes a variety of activities, including interactions and cross-deck visits amongst professionals.
“The sea phase will include various complex and high-intensity exercises in all three domains of warfare, encompassing anti-surface, anti-air and anti-submarine exercises, including live weapon firing drills,” the Indian Navy said in a statement.
“The exercise provides an opportunity for the Indian Navy to enhance and demonstrate interoperability and also gain from the best practices in maritime security operations from its partner nations,” the statement said.
Australia joined the Malabar exercise in 2020 at India’s request, essentially turning it into a drill involving all four countries that make up the Quadrilateral alliance.
Australia took part in the drills that came after.
A bilateral drill between the Indian Navy and the US Navy in the Indian Ocean gave birth to the Malabar exercise in 1992. Japan joined the exercise as a permanent participant in 2015.
In 2018 and 2019, this yearly drill was carried out off the coasts of Guam and Japan.
The massive simulation was held off the coast of Guam in the Western Pacific in 2021 as opposed to two stages of the exercise in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea in 2020.
Off the coast of Yokosuka island, close to the East China Sea, Japan hosted it the previous year.
The Malabar exercise is on its 27th year this year.
Concerns over China’s increasing military aggression in the Indo-Pacific area have grown on a worldwide scale.
An Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, and inclusive is something that India, the US, Australia, Japan, and many other like-minded nations are fighting to ensure.
In recent years, India and Australia’s bilateral defense and strategic relations have been stronger.
India and Australia inked a historic agreement for reciprocal access to military sites for logistical assistance in June 2020, elevating their relations to a complete strategic alliance.
The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement facilitates the expansion of overall defense cooperation by allowing the forces of the two nations to utilize each other’s sites for supply replenishment and maintenance.