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Japan likely to be part of Indo-US Naval drill ‘Malabar’


  • Malabar is an annual naval training exercise conducted by Indian and American navies, which includes fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers and other manoeuvres.
  • A decision has been taken after the three countries held their first ever high-level trilateral dialogue to include Japan in the bilateral naval exercise ‘Malabar’, to be held in Bay of Bengal.
  • They discussed a range of issues, maritime security, including freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and trilateral maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, topped the agenda.
  • Japan had last taken part in the Malabar hosted by India in 2007.

Source: DefenceNews

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