Mission Jeanne d’Arc 2017 – French Navy task group drops anchor at Mumbai
Mumbai, 29 March - 3 April 2017
As part of the 2017 Mission Jeanne d’Arc, which conducts the operational training of officer cadets of the French Navy every year, the amphibious attack ship LHD Mistral and the Courbet frigate are being deployed for four months in the Indo-Pacific region. Embarked on board the French naval task force is a Royal Navy detachment, a symbol of the vitality of defence relations between Paris and London.
Mumbai is the port of call for these ships from 29th March to 3rd April. This visit is an opportunity to deepen defence ties with India, which is France’s major strategic partner in Asia, and strengthen cooperation on maritime security in the Indian Ocean between our two countries.
The Ambassador of France to India, Mr Alexandre Ziegler, was given a tour of the LHD Mistral accompanied by the French Joint Forces Commander in the Indian Ocean (ALINDIEN). They were both received by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command.