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Source: The post is based on the article “MALABAR 22 Culminates” published in PIB on 16th November 2022
What is the News?
The 26th edition of the multinational maritime exercise MALABAR culminated in the seas off Japan.
This edition also marked the 30th anniversary of the exercise and was hosted by the JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force).
About Malabar Exercise
Exercise Malabar began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise featuring the maritime forces of the US and India.
In 2014, the entry of the Japan Navy made it a trilateral exercise. In 2020, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) also joined Malabar making it a quadrilateral exercise.
What does the Malabar exercise include?
The exercise includes simulated war games and combat manoeuvres.
It also includes complex exercises including anti-surface, anti-air and anti-submarine warfare drills. These combat drills will enhance synergy and mutual understanding among the four navies.
Apart from drills, the bilateral logistics support agreements between the participating countries were validated during this edition of the exercise.
How does China view the Malabar exercise?
China views Malabar as an anti-China group formed by a “concert of democracies”.