India-France Naval Exercise VARUNA Begins

26 April 2021 Current Affairs:The 19th edition of the Indian and French Navy bilateral exercise VARUNA-2021 carried out in the Arabian Sea from 25 to 27 April 2021. During the three day exercise, the devices of each of the navies will undertake excessive tempo-naval operations at sea, which will include superior air defence and anti-submarine exercises, severe fixed and rotary wing flying operations, tactical manoeuvres, surface and anti-air weapon firings, underway replenishment & other maritime protection operations.

Indian Navy:
The Indian Navy (IN) will participate with its guided-missile stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, guided-missile frigates INS Tarkash and INS Talwar, Fleet Support Ship INS Deepak, with Seeking 42B and Chetak indispensable helicopters, a Kalvari class submarine & P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

French Navy
The French Navy will be represented via the Aircraft Carrier Charles-de-Gaulle with Rafale-M fighter, E2C Hawkeye plane and helicopters Caïman M and Dauphin embarked, Horizon-class Air defence destroyer Chevalier Paul, Aquitaine-class multi-mission frigate FNS Provence with a Caïman M helicopter embarked and Command and furnish ship war.

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