The Opening Ceremony of MALABAR 2022 hosted by Vice Admiral Yuasa Hideki, SDF Fleet Commander was held onboard JS Hyuga at Yokosuka, Japan on 08 November 2022. This edition of the exercise is scheduled from 08 to 15 November 2022.
What is Ex Malabar
It marks the 30th anniversary of the multi-national maritime exercise MALABAR which began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the US.
Participating Nations of Ex Malabar 2022
The ceremony was attended by the crew and planning staff of participating ships, aircraft, and Special Forces from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States.
Indian Navy At Ex Malabar 2022
The Indian delegation comprising Commanding Officers and crew of INS Shivalik, INS Kamorta, P8I, and Marine Commandos was led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Bhalla, FOCEF.
The exercise witnessed live weapon firings, complex surface, Anti-Air and Anti-Submarine Warfare drills, and joint maneuvers including advanced tactical exercises.
Aim and Significance of the Exercise Malabar 2022
Malabar 2022 provides another opportunity for the Indian Navy to enhance interoperability and mutual understanding with the participating navies in keeping with the national vision of security and growth for all in the region,” said an Indian Navy spokesperson.
History of Malabar and recent exercises
Malabar Exercise started in 1992 as a bilateral naval exercise between the navies of India and the US. Japan joined the Malabar exercise in 2015, making it a trilateral exercise. In 2020, Australia became part of Malabar, making it a quadrilateral naval exercise.
Recently in the year 2021, Quad (Quadrilateral Framework) Nations (India, the United States, Japan, and Australia) participated in the 25th edition of the Malabar Exercise, which began off the coast of Guam in the Pacific Ocean.
It is the grouping of four democracies –India, Australia, the US, and Japan.
All four nations find a common ground of being democratic nations and also support the common interest of unhindered maritime trade and security. It aims to ensure and support a “free, open and prosperous” Indo-Pacific region.
The idea of Quad was first mooted by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (Late) in 2007. However, the idea couldn’t move ahead with Australia pulling out of it, apparently due to Chinese pressure.
Finally in 2017, India, Australia, the US, and Japan, came together and formed this “quadrilateral” coalition.
Other Exercises with Quad Countries
- India- Japan: JIMEX (naval exercise), SHINYUU Maitri (air force exercise), and Dharma Guardian (military exercise).
- India-US: Yudha Abhyas (Army), Vajra Prahar (Military), Spitting Cobra, SANGAM, RED FLAG, COPE INDIA.
- India-Australia: AUSINDEX (Maritime), AUSTRA HIND, Pitch Black
- Passage Exercises (PASSEX).
Glimpses of Ex Malabar 2022
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