The nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson will be part of the second phase of the Malabar high-voltage exercise October 12-15, featuring the navies of the four Quad countries – India, the United States, the ‘Australia and Japan.
The mega wargame in the Bay of Bengal will coincide with the visit to India of the chief of naval operations (CNO) of the American admiral Mike Gilday, who is to meet with the highest ranking officers of the Indian army.
“Make no mistake, India is one of our closest strategic partners, and our relationship is the bastion of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Admiral Gilday said ahead of the visit.
Indian Navy officials said the second phase of Exercise Malabar will include a number of complex exercises involving several frontline warships and other assets from the four navies.
The Indian Navy will deploy its frontline warships INS Ranvijay and INS Satpura, a submarine and a fleet of P8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft, they said.
In addition to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the United States will also deploy the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale.
After making its maiden voyage in 1983, the USS Carl Vinson participated in several major operations, including Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force will deploy the JS Kaga helicopter carrier and Murasame-class JS Murasame destroyers while the Royal Australian Navy will be represented by HMAS Ballarat and HMAS Sirius, officials said.
The second phase of the exercise would build on the synergy, coordination and interoperability developed during the first phase of the exercise and would focus on advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare exercises. , developments in seamanship and gunfire, ” the Indian Navy said Commander Vivek Madhwal’s spokesman.
The 25th edition of Exercise Malabar, while respecting all protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, reflects the commitment of participating countries to support a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific as well as a founded international order. on rules, ” he said.
Following an invitation from India, Australia participated in Exercise Malabar last year, making it an exercise for the four member countries of the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition. Australia also participated in the first phase of Exercise Malabar this year.
The exercise gained new momentum in a context of growing convergence of interests in the maritime domain between the four Quad countries.
China has been wary of the purpose of Exercise Malabar, as it believes the annual war game is an effort to contain its influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
Exercise Malabar began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and the United States Navy in the Indian Ocean. Japan became a permanent member of the exercise in 2015.
This annual exercise was conducted off Guam in 2018 and off Japan in 2019.
Last year, the exercise took place in two phases in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.
There have been growing global concerns about China’s growing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
India, the United States, Australia, Japan and many other like-minded countries are working to ensure a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
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