Indian Navy Updates

[pib] Exercise Malabar


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Ex Malabar

Mains level: QUAD security Dialogue

Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt have arrived at Guam, an Island Territory of the USA to participate in the annual Exercise MALABAR-21.

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[Prelims Spotlight] Various Defence Exercises in News

Ex Malabar

  • MALABAR series of maritime exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral IN-USN exercise and has grown in stature over the years to include four prominent navies in the Pacific and Indian Ocean Region.
  • It is carried out between navies of Australia, India, Japan, and the USA
  • The exercise provides an opportunity for common-minded navies to enhance inter-operability, gain from best practices and develop a common understanding of procedures for Maritime Security Operations.


  • The exercise will see the participation of all four Quad countries.
  • Indian Navy also conducted a number of Passage Exercises (PASSEX) with navies from Japan, Australia and the US.

Another Exercise in news: Ex Konkan 2021

  • Exercise Konkan 2021 was held between INS Tabar and HMS Westminster on 16 Aug 21 in the English Channel.

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Back2Basics: Quad Security Dialogue

  • QSD is a strategic dialogue between the United States, Japan, Australia and India that is maintained by talks between member countries.
  • The dialogue is paralleled by joint military exercises of an unprecedented scale, titled Exercise Malabar.
  • Quad is widely viewed as a response to increased Chinese economic and military power.

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