The second phase of the Malabar 2020 exercise will be held in the North Arabian Sea from 17 to 20 November 2020. The first phase of the Malabar 2020 exercise was held from 03 to 06 November 2020 in the Bay of Bengal. This phase will involve coordinated operations of increasing complexity between the navies of Australia, India, Japan and the United States, taking the synergy gained from the first phase of the exercise.
The second phase of the Malabar 2020 exercise will conduct joint operations centered around the Vikramaditya Carrier Battle Group of the Indian Navy and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group of the US Navy. These warships, along with other ships, submarines and airplanes of navies participating in this exercise, will be involved in high-intensity naval operations for four days. These exercises include Vikramaditya’s MIG 29 fighter jets and Nimitz’s F-18 fighter fighter and crossdeck flight operations by E2C Hawkeye and advanced air defense exercises. In addition, to increase interoperability and coordination between the four Allied navies, advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare exercises, Simonship personnel development and weapons firing will also be carried out.
In addition, Vikramaditya and its fighter aircraft and helicopter air-wings, along with indigenous destroyers Kolkata and Chennai, stealth frigate swords, fleet support ship Deepak and integral helicopters will also participate in the exercise. It will be headed by Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. The indigenously built submarine Khanderi and the Indian Navy’s P81 marine reconnaissance aircraft will also demonstrate their capabilities during the exercise.
The US Navy’s strike carrier Nimitz will have the cruiser Princeton and the destroyer Sterrett in addition to the P8A marine reconnaissance aircraft. The Royal Australian Navy will be represented by the Integral Helicopter as well as Ballarat. JMSDF will also participate in this exercise.
The Malabar chain of war exercises was launched in 1992 as an annual bilateral naval exercise between India and the US. Its scope and complexity have steadily increased over the years. The 24th edition of Malabar is currently underway, highlighting the totality of views between the four vibrant democracies on maritime issues and their commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and law-based international order.
Malabar 2020 Phase 2— SSBCrackExams (@SSBCrackExams) November 17, 2020
Indian Navy's Vikramaditya Carrier Battle Group exercising with US Navy's Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, Australian Navy ship HMAS Ballarat and JMSDF ship JS Onami pic.twitter.com/4meHFjrDoi
Latest Visuals: The second phase of the Malabar 2020 exercise joint operations centered around the Vikramaditya Carrier Battle Group of the Indian Navy, the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group of the US Navy, Australian Navy and JMSDF.— SSBCrackExams (@SSBCrackExams) November 17, 2020
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