[UPSC Prelims Focus] Malabar Naval Exercise to include Australia


Context:

  • 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 StatesJapan and India as permanent partners.
  • Timeline
    • 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.

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