Chennai: The 24th edition of the Malabar naval exercise is scheduled in two phases in November 2020.
According to an official statement, Phase 1 of the exercise involving participation by Indian Navy (IN), United States Navy (USN), Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF), and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is set to happen off Visakhapatnam in Bay of Bengal from today to 6 November.
Malabar series of maritime exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral IN-USN exercise. JMSDF joined in 2015. The 2020 edition will now witness participation of the RAN in this joint maritime exercise.
Phase-1 will witness participation of Indian Navy units with United States Ship (USS) John S McCain (Guided-missile destroyer), Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Ballarat (long range frigates) with integral MH-60 helicopter, and Japan Maritime Self Defence Ship (JMSDF) Onami (Destroyer) with integral SH-60 helicopter.
The Indian Navy participation in Phase 1 will be led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.