- India is prepared to expand the Malabar trilateral naval exercise involving India, the U.S. and Japan, to permanently include Australia.
About Malabar Naval Exercise:
- What is it?
- Exercise Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners.
- Originally begun in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the United States, Japan became a permanent partner in 2015.
- Past non-permanent participants: Australia and Singapore.
- The annual Malabar series and includes diverse activities, ranging from fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers through Maritime
- Interdiction Operations Exercises.
- Significance of Australia’s inclusion
- Now both look forward to the cooperation in the ‘Indo-Pacific’ and the strengthening of defence ties.
- This has led to a convergence of mutual interest in many areas for a better understanding of regional and global issues.