The Malabar War exercises between India, America, Japan and Australia in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean have increased China’s tension. In videos surfaced on Friday, the Indian Navy’s MiG-29 and the American Navy’s F-18 gunfire are seen maneuvering on the ground. Fighter aircraft can be seen flying and landing from the Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
Posting some scenes of the Malabar maneuvers on social media, the Indian Navy said, “The Indian Navy’s MiG-29 and American F-18 flew together with the Indian Navy’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft P-8I and the US Navy’s SEW Aircraft E2C.” ‘
#WATCH MiG-29Ks of Indian Navy & F-18s of US Navy carried out simulated attacks on the surface force during multilateral naval exercise ‘Malabar 2020’ in the Arabian Sea & Indian Ocean.
The MiG-29s operated from the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier. pic.twitter.com/pTpim2CTe6
– ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2020
The second phase of the Malabar Navy exercise began on 17 November in the North Arabian Sea. The exercise also includes two aircraft carriers and some advance vessels, submarines and maritime reconnaissance aircraft. The Indian Navy’s Vikramaditya Ship Battle Group and the US Navy’s Nimitz Strike Group are also participating in the four-day exercise. The USS Nimitz is the largest warship in the world. The Australian Navy has deployed its vessel HMAS Ballarat while the Japanese Navy has sent the destroyer vessel JS Murasme.
The first phase of the Malabar exercise was held in the Bay of Bengal from 3 to 6 November and during this period, many complex exercises were conducted, including anti-submarine and aerial combat capability. This huge exercise is taking place at a time when there has been a deadlock between the forces of India and China in East Ladakh for more than six months. Officials said that under the quad or four-nation alliance, the navies of the four countries are carrying out complex exercises in coordination with each other.
– SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) November 19, 2020
In addition to the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya and its Combat and Helicopter air wing, the Indian Navy has also included destroyers Kolkata and Chennai, the ship Talwar capable of dodging enemies and the fleet supporting ship Deepak. China is looking at the Malabar practice with suspicion because it believes the annual exercise is an attempt to curb its influence in the Indo-Pacific region.