Indo-French joint naval exercise Varuna 2018
Initiated in 2001, the naval exercise Varuna aims to develop interoperability between the navies of the two countries by sharing experiences and tactics so as to be able to conduct operations jointly, should the necessity arise.
From 20 to 24 March 2018
The Indian and the French navies are conducting joint naval exercises off the coast of Goa from 20th to 24th March, 2018. They are part of the broader Indo-French naval interactions called Varuna since 2001.
On this occasion, the Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, was in Goa to witness the 16th edition of the joint Indo-French naval exercise, ’Varuna-18’.
Under the operational control of Rear Admiral MA Hampiholi, Flag Officer Commander, Western Fleet of the Indian Navy, and Rear Admiral Piaton, commander of French forces deployed in the Indian Ocean, who were present in Goa before the departure, five ships are participating in drills for four days with the purpose of enhancing interoperability and exchanging best practices.
Participating vessels include two destroyers, one Indian, INS Mumbai, the other French, Jean de Vienne, an Indian frigate, INS Trikand, and two submarines, including INS Kalvari, which was commissioned in December 2017.
Prior to this intense naval exercise, Rear Admiral PG Pynumootil, the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Forces in Goa, warmly welcomed the crews who had the opportunity to interact at the wharf in the port of Goa between 15th-20th March. Tours of the banks, operational meetings, sports events and receptions aboard the Jean de Vienne and INS Mumbai have been organized along the port to ensure interaction and exchanges between the crews.
- To know more - First phase of the Indo-French exercise Varuna