By Raju Vernekar
Mumbai, Aug 23:
The 27th edition of Exercise “Malabar-2023”, concluded on the East Coast of Australia off Sydney, with participation of warships, submarines and aircraft from four navies on August 21, Monday.
The exercise saw participation of Ships, Submarines and aircraft from the Indian Navy, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and the US Navy (USN). It was held in two phases- a harbour phase from August 11-August 15 August and a sea phase from August 16-August 21.
The Indian Navy was represented by indigenously built Destroyer INS Kolkata, Frigate INS Sahyadri and P8i Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Other participating units included RAN ships HMAS Choules and HMAS Brisbane, USS Raphael Peralta and JS Shiranui, along with submarines, fighter aircraft, maritime patrol aircraft and shipborne helicopters, an official statement read.
While the ships sailed out for the sea phase from Sydney harbour, the Air assets operated from RAAF Amberley Brisbane, where the P-8I Dets involving IN, RAAF and US P-8 crew were stationed.
The sea phase of “Malabar 2023” witnessed complex and high intensity exercises in air, surface and undersea domains, weapon firings and cross deck helicopter operations. The joint exercises at sea, honed the war-fighting skills and enhanced interoperability between the four navies to undertake advanced maritime operations.
The seamless integration of air assets also showcased the exceptional coordination and interoperability between the Indian, Australian and US maritime patrol aircraft units. The exercise not only reaffirmed the ability of the four navies to operate together as an integrated force, but also highlighted their shared commitment to maritime security and regional stability through collaborative training and mutual understanding.
At the culmination of five days of multifarious exercises, the exercise showcased the strong cooperation, shared values and the collective ability of the four participating nations to ensure a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific promoting peace and security for all.