Multinational Exercise Malabar-23 Concludes
The exercise saw participation of Ships, Submarines, and aircraft from the Indian Navy (IN), Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and the US Navy (USN).
Exercise MALABAR 23 was conducted in two phases, which included a harbor phase from August 11–15, 2023, and a sea phase from August 16–21, 2023.
The Indian Navy was represented by indigenously built Destroyer INS Kolkata, Frigate INS Sahyadri, and P8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Other participating units included RAN ships HMAS Choules and HMAS Brisbane, USS Raphael Peralta, JS Shiranui, along with submarines, fighter aircraft, maritime patrol aircraft and shipborne helicopters.
While the ships sailed out for the sea phase from Sydney harbor, the Air assets operated from RAAF Amberley Brisbane, where the P-8I Dets involving IN, RAAF and US P-8 crew were stationed.
The sea phase of Ex Malabar witnessed complex and high-intensity exercises in air, surface, and undersea domains, weapon firings, and cross-deck helicopter operations. The joint exercises at sea honed the war-fighting skills and enhanced interoperability between the four navies to undertake advanced maritime operations.
The seamless integration of air assets also showcased the exceptional coordination and interoperability between the Indian, Australian and US maritime patrol aircraft units. The exercise not only reaffirmed the ability of the four navies to operate together as an integrated force but also highlighted their shared commitment to maritime security and regional stability through collaborative training and mutual understanding.
At the culmination of five days of multifarious exercises, Exercise MALABAR vividly showcased the strong cooperation, shared values, and the collective ability of the four participating nations to ensure a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific promoting peace and security for all.