Australia to host Exercise Malabar for the first time

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11 August 2023

Today Australia welcomes key partners India, Japan and the United States to Sydney as it prepares to host Exercise Malabar for the first time.

Exercise Malabar is an important Indo-Pacific military exercise that seeks to deepen interoperability between participating regional partners. This year marks the 27th iteration of the Malabar series and will be held in the Sydney and across Australia’s east from 10 to 21 August.

Royal Australian Navy Ships HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Choules are participating in the exercise, with Navy MH60R helicopters and Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II, Hawk 127 and P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

They will join partner nations in high-end training including air defence and anti-submarine exercises, aviation, communications and replenishment at sea between ships.

Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:

“It is an honour to host Exercise Malabar for the first time here in Australia.

“Amid the current strategic circumstances, it is more important than ever we partner with our neighbours, and deepen our defence partnerships.

“Cooperation, shared understanding and knowledge coupled with training contributes to shared security and prosperity for our region.”

Quotes attributable to the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, AO:

“The Royal Australian Navy is honoured the Indian Navy has provided us the opportunity to host Exercise Malabar; reinforcing the trust and strength of our Navy to Navy relationship.

‘’This esteemed exercise provides rich opportunities for our people to work and train together, to be prepared as high-functioning teams ready to face the complex challenges of the maritime domain.

“Exercise Malabar is an investment in Australia’s Navy to Navy relationships, as well as the relationship between the four Navies involved. In this way we complement diplomatic efforts to deepen our regional ties and contribute to a region based on trust and respect.”

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