FNS Charles de Gaulle in Goa
The Indian and French are set to begin Varuna 19.1/19.2, the 17th edition of their annually-held bilateral naval warfare exercise in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Goa.
This year’s naval warfare exercise will see the participation of two aircraft carriers — the flagship of the French Navy, the nuclear-powered FNS Charles de Gaulle, as well as the Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya — and include air combat drills by Indian and French carrier-based fighter jets.
The French flotilla comprises the lead ship of the Horizon-class of anti-air warfare frigate FNS Forbin, the Aquitaine-class multi-purpose frigate FNS Provence, the anti-submarine frigate Latouche-Tréville, the tanker FNS Marne, and a Rubis-class nuclear attack submarine.
The FNS Charles de Gaulle last participated in the bilateral Indo-French exercise in 2017. Consul General Ms Sonia Barbry met with Rear Amiral Lebas, commanding the entire French flotilla as well as the Indian crew.