The invitation by India to the Australian Navy for the exercise next month came two weeks after the foreign ministers of the Quad held extensive talks in Tokyo with a focus on enhancing their cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, a region that has been witnessing increasing Chinese military assertiveness.
‘As India seeks to increase cooperation with other countries in the maritime security domain and in the light of increased defence cooperation with Australia, Malabar 2020 will see the participation of the Australian Navy,’ the defence ministry said in a statement.
It also said the participants of the exercise collectively support free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, remarks which reflected a subtle change in India’s approach towards the drill as well as larger messaging.
The Malabar series of Naval exercises started in 1992 as a bilateral Indian Navy-US Navy exercise and Japan joined the Naval exercise in 2015.
Australia to join Malabar naval exercise next month 2020 naval exercise consists of India, Japan and U.S.
Annual Naval Exercise Malabar-2020 likely to held in Bay of Bengal & Arabian Sea later this year.
The Annual Naval Exercise Malabar-2020 is expected to be held in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea later this year.
This year, the exercise has been planned on a ‘non-contact-at sea’ format.
The exercise will strengthen the coordination between the Navies of the participating countries.
Ministry Defence in a statement said, as India seeks to increase cooperation with other countries in the maritime security domain and in the light of increased defence cooperation with Australia, Malabar 2020 will see the participation of the Australian Navy. 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.