Can the “Malabar” sea exercise really be “seamlessly coordinated”?

Recently, the United States, Japan, India and Australia held the second phase of the “Malabar” joint exercise in the bay of Bengal. Since the first stage of the joint exercise was held through the network, the countries in the second stage decided to send ships to carry out sea exercises.

however, in novel coronavirus pneumonia in the US and India, the sea exercise is not only greatly compressed but also no interaction between the staff. India, on the ground of epidemic prevention and control, asked the other three countries to participate in the exercise not to enter the port or land, only to say hello to each other on the high seas, and to “go home” after completing the exercise, which felt like a hasty end. < / P > < p > nevertheless, the Indian media are proud of India’s hosting of the exercise. In a group of photos recently released by the Indian media, it seems that the Indian aircraft carrier vikramatia, which is less than 300 meters in length, is bigger than the US aircraft carrier Nimitz, which naturally causes dissatisfaction and response from the US media. In the picture released by the associated press, “Nimitz” firmly occupies the “C position”, surrounded by the destroyer “Cunyu” of Japan Maritime Self defense force, the frigate “barrarat” of Australia and the aircraft carrier “vikramatia” of India. < / P > < p > in this “Malabar” exercise, all countries had high hopes, especially Australia. This is the first time Australia has participated in the exercise in recent years. Australia tried to join in 2018, but India refused. Novel coronavirus pneumonia was also prevented from being infected by the Australian Army during the exercise. < / P > < p > however, these episodes did not have much impact on the exercise. What really affected was that the Indian naval equipment system was different from that of the US, Australia and Japan, which led to insufficient conditions for joint operations. According to reports, on November 20, the United States and India respectively sent carrier based aircraft for sea attack drills. In order to solve the problem of equipment mismatch between the two sides, especially the communication system mismatch, the Indian Navy specially dispatched p-8i patrol aircraft to exchange intelligence with the U.S. E-2C “eagle eye” early warning aircraft, so as to ensure the smooth communication between the two sides in the battlefield, which also brought back some face for the Indian media’s “seamless coordination” with the U.S. military.