Second Stage of Malabar Naval Workout Concludes in Arabian Sea in the middle of Tense India-China Border Standoff
Indian Navy’s Vikramaditya Carrier Battle Group exercising with United States Navy’s Nimitz Provider Strike Group, Australian Navy ship HMAS Ballarat and JMSDF ship JS Onami during stage 2 of Malabar exercise. (Image: Indian Navy)
The significant highlight of the four-day second-phase exercise was participation of Indian Navy’s Vikramaditya carrier fight group and the Nimitz strike group of the US Navy. The USS Nimitz is the world’s largest warship.
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The navies of India, the United States, Australia and Japan on Friday concluded the second stage of the Malabar naval exercise in the Arabian Sea that involved 2 carrier and a number of frontline warships, submarines and maritime aircraft. While the very first phase of the 24 th edition of the Malabar workout was conducted in Bay of Bengal from November 3-6, the 2nd stage was carried out in the Arabian Sea from November 17-20, said a declaration by the Indian Navy.
The significant emphasize of the four-day second-phase workout was involvement of Indian Navy’s Vikramaditya provider fight group and the Nimitz strike group of the US Navy. The USS Nimitz is the world’s biggest warship. “The two warship, together with other ships, submarine and aircraft of the taking part navies, taken part in high strength naval operations including 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,” the statement stated. The Australian Navy deployed its HMAS Ballarat, an Anzac-class frigate while the Japanese Navy had actually sent its leading destroyer JS Murasame for the exercise.
The mega exercise happened at a time when India and China are secured an over six-month-long bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh. This exercise included collaborated operations of increasing intricacy among the navies of the 4 countries which become part of the Quad or Quadrilateral Union.
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