Indian and French navies conclude Phase II of Varuna-23

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The second phase of the 21st edition of the India-France bilateral naval exercise 'Varuna' concluded successfully in the Arabian Sea.

An Overview of the News

  • Exercise 'Varuna' involved the participation of guided missile frigates, tankers, maritime patrol aircraft, and integral helicopters from both the Indian and French navies.

  • This phase of the exercise lasted for three days and included joint operations, underway replenishment, and various tactical maneuvers.

  • The primary objectives were to enhance and refine war-fighting skills, improve interoperability, and demonstrate the ability to promote peace, security, and stability in the region.

Previous Phase:

  • The first phase of 'Varuna-2023' took place off the western coast of India from January 16 to January 20, 2023.

Initiation of Varuna Exercise:

  • Bilateral naval exercises between India and France began in 1993.

  • It was officially named 'Varuna' in 2001.

Purpose of Varuna Exercise:

  • The exercise serves as a symbol of the strong strategic ties between India and France.

  • It provides an opportunity for both the navies to learn and adopt each other's best practices and procedures.

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