Exercise Malabar is an annual naval exercise between India, the United States and Japan. Although it started off in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the US, Japan joined in 2015 to make it a trilateral exercise. Singapore and Australia have been non-permanent members previously. This exercise includes a diverse range of activities such as fighter combat operations and maritime interdiction operations.
The exercise was initially held in the Indian Ocean. In 2007, it was held in the Bay of Bengal for the first time.
Malabar Exercise 2018
In 2018, the annual Malabar Exercise was held from 7th to 16th June 2018. It was conducted off the Guam coast in the Philippine Sea. This was the first time that the exercise was being held in US territory. The exercise was focused on at-sea and onshore training, maritime patrol, aircraft carrier operations, visit, board, reconnaissance operations, search and seizure operations, and professional exchanges. From the Indian Navy, stealth frigate INS Sahyadri, fleet tanker INS Shakti, INS Kamorta and a Poseidon P-8l aircraft participated in the exercise.