- The first part of the Indo-French joint naval exercise Varuna 19.1 will be conducted off the Goa coast from 1st to 10th May,2019.The second part,Varuna 19.2 is scheduled to be held at the end of May in Djibouti.
- The bilateral naval exercise between India and France was initiated in 1983 and it was named as ‘Varuna’ in 2001.
- The objective of the exercise is to develop interoperability between the two navies and fostering mutual cooperation by learning from each other’s best practices to conduct joint operations.
- The exercise will be held in two phases –Harbour and Sea.The harbour part would have visits,skilled interactions and discussions,and sports events.The sea part would comprise exercises across the spectrum of maritime operations.
- The two countries have deployed their aircraft carriers with India deploying its INS Vikramaditya and Mig-29K.On the other hand,France will be sending its Charles de gaulle and Rafale-M naval fighter jet.
- Further,the two countries have also operationalized their reciprocal military logistics support agreement.Under the agreement,Indian warships can access French bases like the Reunion Islands near Madagascar and Djibouti on the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean.
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