On Tuesday, the four Quad countries; India, the United States, Australia, and Japan began their second phase of the high-voltage Malabar exercise highlighting the navies in the Bay of Bengal near the Myanmar border.
In this four-day Quad drill, the US has deployed its nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier, Carl Vinson.
The following exercise witnessed renewed momentum in the backdrop of the growing convergence of interests in the maritime domain. The Malabar exercise started in 1992 as a bilateral drill between the Indian Navy and the US Navy in the Indian Ocean. Malabar was also formed as mounting global concerns over China’s growing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
At present, India, the US, Australia, Japan, and many other countries are working towards ensuring a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.