ADMM Plus Current Affairs

4th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus to be held in Philippines

The fourth edition of ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)-Plus will be held in Philippines. India will be represented by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. It is her first foreign visit as Defence Minister.

Key Facts

The ADMM Plus meeting is expected to discuss ways to enhance defence and security co-operation among the member nations to effectively counter various transnational security challenges facing the region. It is also likely to discuss enhancing maritime security cooperation among the member countries. It will also deliberate extensively on the situation in Afghanistan and Syria besides China’s growing military presence in the disputed South China Sea.


The ADMM-Plus is platform for ASEAN and its eight dialogue partners to strengthen security and defence co-operation for peace, stability, and development in the region. Its objective is to promote mutual trust and confidence between defence establishments through greater dialogue and transparency.

The inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010. The defence ministers then had agreed on five areas of practical cooperation, including maritime security, counter-terrorism, peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance.

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ADMM Plus Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism begins in Brunei  

The ADMM-Plus (ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus) Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism (Ex MS & CT) has started at Brunei on May 1, 2016.

The nine day exercise (till May 9, 2016) seeks to strengthen the strong bilateral ties and extensive maritime interactions between India and ASEAN countries.

Key facts

  • ADMM Plus Ex MS & CT is a multinational naval exercise conducted under the aegis of ADMM Plus consortium.
  • It aims at enhancing mutual understanding with respect to maritime security issues and streamlining drills on counter-terrorism operations at sea.
  • This edition of exercise will commence at Brunei and culminate at Singapore after conducting with various drills and exercises in the South China Sea.
  • The Indian Navy has been a regular participant in maritime exercises conducted by the ADMM countries. This year Indian warship INS Airavat is participating in it.
  • Participating Countries: Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, China, Japan, Russia, Australia, South Korea and US.

The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Airavat is a Landing Ship Tank, indigenously designed and built in India. The ship has a lift capability of 500 troops, 10 tanks and 11 combat trucks.

India-ASEAN Ties

  • India participates in ADMM Plus Ex MS & CT in consonance with its Act East Policy and Indian Navys constant endeavour to enhance maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.
  • There are deep historic and cultural linkages between India and ASEAN countries.
  • The ties have bolstered and strengthened in the recent past by vibrant economic engagement and a growing sense of shared maritime destiny.
  • In the recent past, ASEAN has emerged as one of the largest trading partners of India. The  bilateral trade is showing an upward trend.
  • India is also has actively contributing in numerous ASEAN-led mechanisms, namely the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and ADMM Plus, as well as East Asia Summit (EAS).

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