Indian and French navies conclude Phase II of Varuna-23
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.
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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