Malabar exercise concludes in Arabian Sea

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    Malabar workout concludes in Arabian Sea

    By: Express News Service|New Delhi |

    November 21, 2020 8: 16: 09 am





    Malabar: The 2nd stage of the Malabar exercise in the Northern Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean with the involvement of Indian Navy warship INS Vikramaditya and the American warship USS Nimitz bring out ‘Malabar-2020’ wargames, in Malabar, Wednesday, Nov. 18,2020 (PTI Photo)( PTI18-11-2020 _000137 B)

    The multilateral war-gaming workout Malabar, which saw the participation of all four member nations of the Quadrilateral Security Discussion (Quad) for the very first time since 2007, and consisted of involvement of carrier strike groups, submarines, fighter jets and other vessels, concluded on Friday.

    The naval exercise was performed in two phases, to begin with the Visakhapatnam coast previously in November, and the 2nd in the Arabian Sea, beginning November 17.

    The Navy stated in a declaration that the 24 th edition of Malabar maritime workout, “hosted by Indian Navy (IN) in two stages, concluded in the Arabian Sea” on Friday. “Phase 1 of the workout including participation by Indian Navy (IN), United States Navy (USN), Japan Maritime Self-defense Force (JMSDF) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN), was conducted off Visakhapatnam in Bay of Bengal” in between November 3 and 6.

    In the second phase, the Navy said, the four navies “took part in joint operations fixated the Vikramaditya Provider Fight Group of the Indian Navy and Nimitz Provider Strike Group of the United States Navy”. The two attack aircraft carrier, it stated, “along with other ships, submarine and airplane of the taking part navies, engaged in high intensity marine operations consisting of cross-deck flying operations and advanced air defence workouts by MIG 29 K fighters of Vikramaditya and F/A-18 fighters and E2C Hawkeye from Nimitz”.

    US Navy’s Strike Provider Nimitz was accompanied by cruiser Princeton and destroyer Sterett in addition to P8A maritime reconnaissance airplane, and the Australian and Japanese navies were represented by frigate Ballarat and destroyer Murasame, respectively, together with their integral helicopters.

    Beyond INS Vikramaditya, the Indian Naval Ships including the native destroyers Kolkata and Chennai, stealth frigate Talwar, Fleet Assistance Ship Deepak and the essential helicopters of these warships, indigenously constructed submarine Khanderi and P8I and IL-38 maritime reconnaissance aircraft, likewise took part in the 2nd phase in the Arabian Sea.

    Pointing Out some of the workouts that took location in both phases, the Navy discussed that “in addition to ‘Double Carrier’ operations, advanced surface area and anti-submarine warfare workouts, seamanship advancements and weapon firings were also undertaken … demonstrating the synergy, coordination and inter-operability in between the 4 friendly navies”.

    On November 5, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, without pointing out Malabar, had specified in an address at the National Defence College that India’s “interests to protect trade paths, shipping lines of interaction, fishing rights and interaction networks likewise need the ability to add to the global effort, to preserve open and totally free oceans.” He had actually said that it is “the essence of our initiative to be a part of the Indo-Pacific initiative”.

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