Indian and French navies conduct second phase of Varuna bilateral exercise. (Image Credits: French Embassy)
Indian and French navies conduct second phase of Varuna bilateral exercise. (Image Credits: French Embassy)

Indian, French navies conduct 2nd phase of 'Varuna' bilateral exercise

ANI | Updated: May 28, 2019 19:36 IST

New Delhi [India], May 28 (ANI): The second phase of the Indo-French naval exercise, christened as Varuna 19.2, brought together a French nuclear attack warship, currently deployed in the Indian Ocean, and an Indian submarine.
"Organised under the operational control of the French Joint Forces Commander in the Indian Ocean (ALINDIEN), this exercise was an opportunity to reinforce our capabilities for joint action in a critical and strategic field while demonstrating the high level of interoperability achieved," according to a statement issued by the French Embassy.
Training was held for more than 35 hours of submarine combat. The high-level exercises allowed both crews to be trained in detection, tracking and plunge attack while maintaining control over maritime areas and their environment.
As part of Varuna 19.1, which included the participation of the French Navy's aircraft carrier FNS Charles de Gaulle, the French submarine had already conducted an exercise with an Indian submarine for a period of seven hours.
"Varuna 19.2 aims to deepen this first interaction in a new environment," the statement added.
India and France have been strategic partners for more than twenty years. The bilateral partnership is the subject of recurrent dialogues and regular bilateral military exercises.
"With nearly 650 soldiers deployed, the French Forces in the United Arab Emirates (FFEAU), is one of France's advanced operational bases abroad. As such, it supports the French military assets deployed in the Persian Gulf and the north of the Indian Ocean," the statement said.
Due to its conditions, it also allows training French soldiers in combat actions in the desert as well as urban areas. (ANI)

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