Current Affairs, 19-07-2020, MALABAR EXERCISE
India is prepared to expand the Malabar trilateral naval exercise involving India, the U.S. and Japan, to permanently include Australia.
About Ex. Malabar
Exercise Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners.
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 are Australia and Singapore.
The annual Malabar series began in 1992 and includes diverse activities, ranging from fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers through Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercises.
Significance of Australia’s inclusion
Earlier, India had concerns that it would give the appearance of a “quadrilateral military alliance” aimed at China.
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.
Both are expected to conclude the long-pending Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) as part of measures to elevate the strategic partnership