India, US, Japan and Australia begin Exercise Malabar naval drills

Reuters reports, based on Indian government sources, that on 2 November “India, the United States, Japan and Australia began their largest joint naval exercises in over a decade”, “seen as part of efforts to balance China’s vast military and economic power in the region”.

“The annual “Malabar” wargames that India holds with the United States and Japan have been expanded to include Australia this year to cover all members of the Quad, an informal group of the four largest democracies in the Indo-Pacific.”

According to the Indian Express, this year the exercise will be held in two phases, the first from 3 November off the Indian coast near Visakhapatnam, and the second in the Arabian Sea in mid-November. 

Image: USS John S. McCain and HMAS Ballarat | 27 October 2020 | US Department of Defense

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