Exercise Malabar: Japan Navy to join India, US in Bay of Bengal

The 2015 exercise will see Japan’s participation in a naval manouevre in the Bay of Bengal after eight years, but Australia will not be participating.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: June 30, 2015 8:06 am
Indian Navy, Exercise Malabar, Japan Navy, US Navy, Navy joint exercise, Navy joint exercise Bay of Bengal, India-US joint erercise, navy Exercise Malabar, indian erpress India and US have restricted the Malabar largely to a bilateral format after China had protested against the 2007 exercise held in the Bay of Bengal.

Despite the India-US joint statement issued during President Obama’s Delhi visit stating that “they will upgrade” Exercise Malabar, the maritime exercise will remain restricted to India, US and Japan this year, diplomatic sources said. The 2015 exercise will see Japan’s participation in a naval manouevre in the Bay of Bengal after eight years but Australia will not be participating in the exercise. This was confirmed at the seventh US-India-Japan trilateral dialogue held at Honolulu last Friday, according to sources.

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US team at the trilateral dialogue was led by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretaries in the Foreign Ministry, Vinay Kwatra, Pradeep Rawat and Amandeep Gill. Takio Yamada, Japan’s Director-General of Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs headed Tokyo’s delegation.

Although Japan had been part of the 2014 Malabar exercise held at its Sasebo naval base, India and US had kept Tokyo out of the initial planning for the current edition. This was because the 2015 Malabar exercise is scheduled to be held in the Bay of Bengal in October this year. India and US have restricted the Malabar largely to a bilateral format after China had protested against the 2007 exercise held in the Bay of Bengal.  Along with the Indian and American navies, the 2007 edition had included the Australian, Japanese and Singaporean navies.

Malabar is an annual naval training exercise conducted by Indian and American navies, which includes fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers and other joint interdiction exercises. India will host its first-ever IN-RAN bilateral naval exercise with Australia in October-November, and  JIMEX maritime exercise with Japan in November.

 

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First Published on: June 30, 2015 12:26 am
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    Singh
    Jul 1, 2015 at 9:46 am
    China's protests should be ignored just as China is ignoring international laws and claiming most of the South China Sea and illegally building islands in the sea to station it's navy and Air Force.
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      racer2015
      Jun 30, 2015 at 8:35 pm
      how is it that malabar exercise has no mention of malabar coast and is being conducted in bay of Bengal whereas malabar is in Arabian Sea?
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        Suresh Deman
        Oct 18, 2015 at 2:12 am
        President Obama first visited India when Dr MM Singh was PM. He was noncommittal for UNSC permanent seat for India and that has changed in his second visit with Modi as PM. Although everyone knows it is more a rhetoric than a true dream, but it satisfies the alter ego of national chauvinist elements. Further, Obama preached MM Singh human rights on the floor of the Indian Parliament and in his second visit he preached Modi minority concerns. It reflects that partnership is a mediocrity and it always between the equals. This reminds me a MIT Prof Noam Chomsky’s article in Guardian 1991, wrote just after the gulf war in which he very eloquently summarized US foreign policy as follows: "We are your masters and you shine our shoes. Any weaker enemy has to be crushed so that the right lessons are taught" [Guardian Weekly 1991]. On the other hand, US has successfully pressurized and browbeat Modi to play role of a watchman in South Pacific resulting in joint exercise with them to isolate China. In fact, Obama’s recognition of India's role would mean expecting her to play a bigger part in Afghanistan, Myanmar and throughout the w South-Pacific. It would mean opening NATO door to India in future for a potential membership, if she could police subcontinent as a US agent and help isolating China and Russia. Hence, surprised glorification of India by US is not costless as India is losing her nonaligned foreign policy and getting sucked into a dangerous security game.
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          Suresh Deman
          Oct 18, 2015 at 2:15 am
          US recognition of India's bigger role in Afghanistan, Myanmar & in South-Pacific means opening NATO door to India, if she could police for US isolating China & Russia!
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            steve
            Jul 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm
            We all malabarees don't u know racer
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