Quad Nations Continue Military Exercises in Bay of Bengal

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, colloquially called the “Quad,” commenced the second phase of its joint military exercise Malabar on Oct. 12, bringing together elements of the Australian, Indian, Japanese, and American militaries in the Bay of Bengal. The exercise is the 25th of its kind, and will continue through Oct. 15. The drills come amid rising concern among Western and Asian states over the Chinese regime’s growing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific, and as the United States seeks to shore up partnerships, including the Quad, to counter threats posed by Beijing. This year’s Malabar exercise was designed to enhance synergy, coordination, and interoperability between the four nations’ forces, with a particular focus on developing advanced surface and anti-submarine capabilities. Several sizeable seacraft including the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, which has seen deployments in almost every major conflict since 1980, are participating in the drills, which will build upon experience …

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