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The 20th edition of the Bilateral Naval Exercise between Indian and French Navies – ‘VARUNA’ is being conducted in the Arabian Sea.

What is Exercise Varuna?

Type: Bilateral Naval Exercise 

Countries Involved: India and France.

Started in: 1993.

The exercise was named ‘VARUNA’ in 2001.

Aim: To develop interoperability between the two navies. Further, it aims to foster mutual cooperation by learning from each other’s best practices to conduct joint operations.

What are the other exercises between India and France?

Exercise Garuda: It is a bilateral exercise between the Indian and French Air Force. The first edition of the exercise was held in 2003.

Exercise SHAKTI: It is a biennial military exercise conducted between India and France. It was first conducted in the year 2011.

Exercise La Pérouse: It is a multilateral maritime exercise led by the French Navy. The Indian Navy participated in this exercise for the first time in 2021.

Source: This post is based on the article20TH EDITION OF INDIA FRANCE NAVAL EXERCISE VARUNA – 2022published in PIB on 31st March 2022.

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