22 Aug 2021
Two Indian Navy warships arrived in Guam on Sunday to participate in the Malabar Naval Exercise, in which the four member countries of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad – India, Australia, Japan and the United States -United – have been participating since 2020.
The exercise is scheduled to begin on August 26.
The Navy said in a statement that INS Shivalik and INS Kadmatt reached Guam, a U.S. territory, “as part of their ongoing deployment to countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean. “.
“Both ships are expected to participate in the annual MALABAR-21 exercise, between the Australian, Indian, Japanese and US navies. The MALABAR series of maritime exercises began in 1992 as a bilateral IN-USN exercise and has grown over the years to include four prominent navies in the Pacific and Indian Ocean region ” , indicates the press release.
The Navy said Vice-Admiral AB Singh, Commanding General Officer, Eastern Naval Command, “will have operational discussions with Rear Admiral Leonard C ‘Butch’ Dollaga, CTF-74 commander focusing on developing an action plan and coordinated operations in the maritime domain ”.
According to the statement, “MALABAR-21 would witness high-rate exercises conducted between destroyers, frigates, corvettes, submarines, helicopters and long-range maritime patrol planes of the participating navies. Complex surface, submarine and air operations, including live weapons practice, anti-surface, anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare exercises, joint maneuvers and tactical exercises will be carried out during the year ”.
He said the exercise “will provide an opportunity for common-minded navies to improve interoperability, learn from best practices and develop a common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations.”
The Navy said the conduct of the exercise despite “COVID restrictions is a testament to the synergy between participating navies and the commitment to safer seas.”
The Indian warships participating in the exercise, the Navy said, “are the latest indigenous designed and built multi-role guided missiles, the stealth frigate and the anti-submarine corvette, respectively, and are part of the fleet. Eastern Indian Navy “and are” fitted with a versatile range of weapons and sensors, can carry multipurpose helicopters and represents the growth of India’s warship building capabilities. “
One of the most prominent multilateral naval wargaming exercises, Malabar is hosted on a rotating basis by participating countries. Last year it took place in two phases: in the Arabian Sea and in the Bay of Bengal. Last year also marked a first since 2007, when the navies of the four Quad Nations competed.
The group has particularly angered China, and the exercise comes against the backdrop of the military standoff of more than 15 months between India and China in eastern Ladakh.