Port visit of French Amphibious task group
A French amphibious task group, “Mission Jeanne d’Arc 2015”, composed of amphibious assault ship BPC DIXMUDE and La Fayette-type frigate FLF ACONIT, was on call at Visakhapatnam Port.
Visakhapatnam, 16 - 22 June, 2015
Deployed on mission from March to July 2015, the task group’s itinerary brought it to the Indian Ocean, from where it will set sail to the South China Sea, and, thereafter, to the Sea of Japan.
Military operations and bilateral cooperation actions were conducted during the mission, in which 146 cadets took part through full integration in the services, alongside the crew. This long-term deployment involving multi-faceted operations will enable the trainee officers to better understand their future working environment.
Mr Jean-Marc Sere-Charlet, Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of France in India, and Mr Eric Lavertu, Consul General of France in Bangalore, also interacted with the senior Commanding Officers as well as the cadets.
On 21st and 22nd June, the Indian and French navy conducted joint naval exercises and celebrated International Yoga Day onboard French Naval ship Dixmude. The event was held under the supervision of a qualified yoga instructor, a member of the naval community.