The aim of the Malabar exercise is to achieve deeper military ties and greater interoperability among the three navies in the strategically-important Indo-Pacific region. India and the US have regularly conducted the annual exercise since 1992.
- Admiral Sunil Lanba is the Chief Naval Officer of Indian Navy.
- Yutaka Murakawa is the Chief of Staff of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) of American Navy is Admiral John M. Richardson.