JMSDF is to conducts a multilateral exercise “MALABAR 2021” with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Indian Navy (IN), and the United States Navy (USN) to further strengthen defense cooperation and contribute to a Free and Open Indo-Pacific as described below.
(1) To improve JMSDF’s tactical capabilities
(2) To strengthen the relationship with RAN, IN, and USN
August 23 – September 10
3. Exercise Area
Guam and in the vicinity of Guam
4. Participating units
Special Boarding Unit
USS BARRY, USNS YUKON, USNS BIG HORN, P-8A, C-17, and Special Operations Command Pacific
INS SHIVALIK, INS KADMATT, P-8I, and Marine Commando
5. Type of exercises
Various tactical exercise, mainly special forces operation
(1) Preventive measures against COVID-19 were implemented during the exercise.
(2) Execution of further phases of MALABAR 2021 likely to be in late of August and middle of October is being coordinated among the navies concerned. Details will be officially announced following the determination.