GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

Continuing with its deployment in Western Pacific, including in the South China Sea, the Indian Navy carried out a Maritime Partnership Exercise with the Philippine Navy on 23 August 2021. Two Indian warships, INS Ranvijay, Guided Missile Destroyer, D55 and INS Kora, Guided Missile Corvette, P61, on deployment to the Western Pacific participated in the exercise with BRP Antonio Luna, Frigate, FF 151 of the Philippine Navy in the West Philippine Sea.

What

  1. Indian naval ships are “currently deployed to the Western Pacific with an aim to strengthen maritime security collaboration with partner nations”.
  2. The Navy mentioned that India and the Philippines “share a very robust defence and security partnership built over several years and spanning across all domains” and their navies “remain committed to further strengthening bilateral collaboration in the maritime domain towards a collective aim of ensuring a stable, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific”.
  3. This is in a series of exercises that India is conducting with littoral nations that share their maritime boundaries with China as part of its deployment.
  4. Two Indian warships had reached Guam to participate in the multilateral Malabar Naval Exercise starting later this week with the four member nations of the QuadIndia, the US, Japan and Australia — participating.