- July 13, 2020
- Posted by: admin1
- Category: DPN Topics
India plans to invite Australia to join the annual Malabar naval exercise that has so far included Japan and the U.S.
- The Malabar exercise started in 1992 as a bi-lateral one between the Indian Navy and the US Navy in the Indian Ocean.
- However, this joint naval exercise was suspended from 1998 to 2001 as the US imposed military and economic sanctions on India amid tensions after India conducted nuclear weapon tests in Pokhran in 1998.
- It was revived by the two countries in 2002, and Japan became a permanent member of the Malabar exercise in 2015.
- This maritime exercise has grown in scope and complexity and aims at increasing the level of mutual understanding, interoperability and sharing of the best practices among the three navies.