Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds on Tuesday stated that India and Australia have been pure companions within the India Pacific area and the Malabar naval train was an illustration of the depth of belief and cooperation between the defence organisations of the international locations.
She stated that the necessity to cooperate with regional defence companions on shared challenges was stronger than ever.
“India and Australia are natural partners in the Indo-Pacific, and Exercise Malabar is a clear demonstration of the depth of trust and cooperation between our defence organisations,” stated Reynolds, in response to a press launch.
“Participation in sophisticated exercises like Malabar not only highlights the strategic trust between the members but also strengthens our collective ability to contribute to regional security,” she stated.
“Exercise Malabar is an important opportunity to work in concert with like-minded nations to support a secure, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” Reynolds added.
The 24th version of the Malabar naval train, scheduled in two phases between the Quad nations – India, US, Japan and Australia, commenced in Vishakhapatnam within the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.
This is the primary time Australia has joined Malabar since its introduction in 1992.
Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship HMAS Ballarat participated within the train alongside Indian Navy (IN) ships Shivalik, Shakti, Sukanya, and submarine Sindhuraj, together with United States Navy (USN) ship USS John S McCain, and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Onami.