Two Indian Navy warships arrived in Guam on Sunday to take part within the Malabar Naval Exercise, wherein all 4 member nations of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or the Quad — India, Australia, Japan and the US — have been collaborating since 2020.
The train is scheduled to start on August 26.
The Navy mentioned in a press release that INS Shivalik and INS Kadmatt reached Guam, a US territory, “as part of their on-going deployment to nations in South East Asia and the Pacific Ocean”.
“The two ships are scheduled to participate in the annual Exercise MALABAR-21, between navies of Australia, India, Japan and the USA. MALABAR series of maritime exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral IN-USN exercise and has grown in stature over the years to include four prominent navies in the Pacific and Indian Ocean Region,” the assertion mentioned.
The Navy mentioned Vice Admiral A B Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, “will have operational discussions with Rear Admiral Leonard C ‘Butch’ Dollaga, Commander CTF-74 focusing on developing an action plan and coordinated operations in the maritime domain”.
As per the assertion, “MALABAR-21 would witness high-tempo exercises conducted between Destroyers, Frigates, Corvettes, Submarines, Helicopters and Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft of the participating navies. Complex surface, sub-surface and air operations including Live Weapon Firing Drills, Anti-Surface, Anti-Air and Anti-Submarine Warfare Drills, Joint Manoeuvres and Tactical exercises will be conducted during the exercise”.
It mentioned the train will “provide an opportunity for common minded navies to enhance inter-operability, gain from best practices and develop a common understanding of procedures for Maritime Security Operations”.
The Navy mentioned that the conducting of the train regardless of “COVID restrictions is a testimony of synergy between the participating navies and commitment to safer seas”.
The Indian warships collaborating within the train, the Navy mentioned, “are the latest indigenously designed and built, multi-role Guided Missile Stealth Frigate and Anti-Submarine Corvette respectively and form part of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet” and are “equipped with a versatile array of weapons and sensors, can carry multi-role helicopters and represent the growth of India’s warship building capabilities”.
One of essentially the most high-profile multilateral naval wargaming workouts, Malabar is hosted rotationally by collaborating nations. Last yr, it was held in two phases — within the Arabian Sea and within the Bay of Bengal. Last yr additionally marked a primary since 2007 when the navies of all 4 Quad nations had participated.
The grouping has notably irked China, and the train comes within the backdrop of India’s over 15-month army standoff with China in japanese Ladakh.