World India invites Australia to be part of Malabar exercise along with the US and Japan Updated : October 19, 2020 08:53 PM IST The Malabar exercise started in 1992 as a bilateral drill between the Indian Navy and the US Navy in the Indian Ocean. Japan became a permanent member of the exercise in 2015. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the announcement was another important step in Australia's deepening relationship with India. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.