Australia is ready to hitch India, the US and Japan for the upcoming Malabar naval train. The mega drill by the ‘Quad’ or Quadrilateral coalition is more likely to happen in November within the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.
“As India seeks to extend cooperation with different nations within the maritime safety area and within the mild of elevated defence cooperation with Australia, Malabar 2020 will see the participation of the Australian Navy,” the defence ministry stated in a press release.
“The train will strengthen the coordination between the navies of the taking part nations,” the ministry stated.
The train comes within the midst of heightened stress between India and China over the border row alongside the Line of Precise Management (LAC) in japanese Ladakh.
Began in 1992 as a bilateral drill between the Indian Navy and the US Navy within the Indian Ocean, Japan joined the group as a everlasting member in 2015.
For the previous few years, Australia has been displaying eager curiosity in becoming a member of the train.
(With PTI inputs)