“Exercise VARUNA 2021” – Indian and French Navy Conducted the 19th Edition

What is the News? The 19th edition of the Indian and French Navy bilateral Exercise VARUNA 2021 was conducted in the Arabian Sea.

About Exercise Varuna:
  • Exercise Varuna 2021 is a bilateral naval exercise between India and France.
  • Initiated in: The exercise was initiated in 1993. Since 2001, the exercises are called ‘VARUNA’.
  • Aim: The aim is 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.
  • Participation: From the Indian Navy’s side the following frigates and submarines participated in the exercise.
    • Guided-missile stealth destroyer Kolkata
    • Guided-missile frigates Tarkash and Talwar,
    • Kalvari class submarine and
    • P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft
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. Indian Navy has participated in this exercise for the first time in 2021.

Source: AIR

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