Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 14 October
Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and US Naval Operations Chief Admiral Mike Gilday witnessed the Malabar exercise in the Bay of Bengal today.
The US Navy hosted 12 Indian officers aboard its aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The navies of India, the US, Australia and Japan – the Quad countries – are conducting a six-day (12 to 17 October) maritime exercise called Malabar-Phase 2. This comes within six weeks of the first phase of the exercise. An island territory of the Americas located 2,500 km east of the Philippines, off Guam, on August 26 and 29.
The first meeting of top leaders of the Quad between the two phases of Malabar took place in Washington in the last week of September.
“This visit by Carl Vinson to Malabar was a momentous occasion to witness the integration between our navies,” a US Navy statement quoted Admiral Gilday as saying.
“Our navies continue to exercise together like we do now with Japanese and Australian naval forces. There is no doubt that our partnership will only continue to grow. Cooperation, when applied with naval power, promotes freedom and peace. Promotes and prevents coercion, intimidation and aggression,” the statement said.