Phase Il of the 21st edition of Varuna (Varuna-23) bilateral exercise between Indian and French Navy was conducted in the Arabian Sea.
The exercise witnessed participation of guided missile frigates, tanker, Maritime Patrol Aircraft and integral helicopters from the two sides.
The exercise was conducted over three days and witnessed joint operations, underway replenishment and various tactical manoeuvres.
Units of both navies endeavoured to enhance and hone their war fighting skills, improve interoperability and demonstrate their ability to promote, peace, security and stability in the region.
The first phase of 'Varuna-2023' was conducted off India's Western Seaboard from 16th to 20th January, 2023.
The bilateral exercise, which was initiated in 1993, was christened ‘Varuna’ in 2001 and has become a hallmark of India France strategic bilateral relationship
Indian & French Navy bilateral naval exercise was initiated in 1993. The exercise was later christened as 'Varuna' in 2001 and has since become a hallmark of robust India-France strategic bilateral relationship.
The exercise also facilitates operational level interaction between the two Navies to foster mutual cooperation for good order at sea, underscoring the shared commitment to ensuring security, safety and freedom of the global maritime commons.
Having grown in scope and complexity over the years, the Varuna exercise provides an opportunity to learn from both navies’ best practices.
The exercise facilitates operational level interaction between the two navies to foster mutual cooperation for good order at sea, underscoring the shared commitment of both nations to the security, safety and freedom of the global maritime commons.
• Varuna is the bilateral naval exercise between France and India.
• This bilateral exercise between the two navies was initiated in 1993.
• It was christened ‘VARUNA’ in 2001 and has become a hallmark of India France strategic bilateral relationship.
• Units of both navies endeavoured to hone their war-fighting skills in maritime theatre, enhance their inter-operability to undertake multi-discipline operations in the maritime domain and demonstrate their ability as an integrated force to promote peace, security and stability in the region.