Malabar Naval Exercise kicks off, China says ‘hope it is conducive to peace’

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: November 3, 2020 8:39:27 pm





Malabar exercise is a multilateral naval exercise that includes simulated war games and combat manoeuvres. (Photo: Twitter/@indiannavy)

Phase 1 of the Malabar Naval Exercise kicked off on Tuesday, marking the biggest such joint exercise of India, the United States, Japan and Australia in a decade.

The Malabar exercise this year is especially significant with the participation of Australia, thus covering all member of the Quad, an informal group of the four largest democracies in the Indo-Pacific region.

“The participants of Exercise Malabar 2020 are engaging to enhance safety and security in the maritime domain. They collectively support free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and remain committed to a rules based international order,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

According to the Defence ministry, the exercise this year has been planned on a ‘non-contact – at sea’ format in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. This means there will be no contact among military personnel of the four countries.

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