Basics: Malabar exercise
Exercise Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners.
Originally it was a bilateral exercise between India and the United States, Japan became a permanent partner in 2015.
Past non-permanent participants are Australia and Singapore
From UPSC perspective, following things are important:
Prelims level: Malabar exercise, INS Vikramaditya,Mapping US,Japan.
Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
The US, Japanese and Indian navies on Monday began the Malabar Naval Exercise-2017
Aim:To achieve deeper military ties between the three nations.
The Malabar exercise is taking place amid the military standoff between armies of the India and China in the Sikkim sector and Beijing ramping up its Baval presence in South China sea.
The 21st edition of the exercise, conducted ashore and at-sea, would include professional exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare.
Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa and INS Vikramaditya would participate in the joint Naval exercise
The at-sea exercise includes events such as submarine familiarisation, air defence exercises, medical evacuation drills, surface ware fare exercises, communication exercise and search and rescue operations.