Bengali Hunt Desk:Amid the impasse in East Ladakh, India, America, Japan and Australia began the first phase of the Malabar Exercise on Tuesday. This practice started from Visakhapatnam in the Bay of Bengal. This practice will further the strategic relations of the four powerful countries of the world.
This military practice will last for three days, the last day of this practice next Friday. The second phase between the four countries will take place in the Arabian Sea from November 18 to 20. India announced last week that Australia would also be part of the practice. The United States also agreed to India's declaration.
India sent an invitation to Australia to take part in the exercise, two weeks after the Quad member's foreign ministers met in Tokyo, Japan. The meeting in Japan focused on enhancing cooperation between the four countries in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Officials said the first phase would be a complex and sophisticated naval exercise.
US Navy Ship USS John S McCain (Guided-missile destroyer), Australian Navy Ship HMAS Ballarat (long-range frigate) & Japan Maritime Self Defense Ship (JMSDF) Ship JS Onami (destroyer) participating along with Indian Navy units: Ministry of Defense . (File pics) pic.twitter.com/wXepH9u5Qr
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This practice will include anti-submarine and Hawaii combat operations. Weapon firing will also be practiced. The Malabar exercise began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise in the Indian Ocean between the Indian Navy and the US Navy. Subsequently, in 2015, Japan became a permanent member of the group.
Indian Navy's Ranbijay, Ranatari Shibalik, Patrol Ship Sukanya, Submarine Sindhuraj are taking part in this exercise. The United States is backing QUAD to protect China from its increasingly aggressive attitude.