Indo-French naval cooperation continues during pandemic

During this period of public health crisis, the Indian and the French navies are fully engaged in the Samudra Setu and Resilience operations respectively to aid people facing the ordeal of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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New Delhi, 7 May 2020

A year ago, on 7th May 2019, the 17th edition of Varuna, the Indo-French naval exercise, was kicked off on an unprecedented scale. Twelve vessels were involved in the tri-dimensional air, surface and underwater drills.

Reaching a decisive phase in interoperability, it heralded a joint maritime surveillance mission to be conducted in the French Exclusive Economic Zone in February 2020 with an Indian patrol aircraft and a French surveillance frigate.

During this period of public health crisis, the Indian and the French navies are fully engaged in the Samudra Setu and Resilience operations respectively to aid people facing the ordeal of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, the two navies continue to maintain their cooperation efforts, which are a cornerstone of the strategic partnership between France and India.

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Last modified on 25/05/2020

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