The Indian and French navies on Sunday kicked off a three-day mega wargame within the Arabian Sea within the backdrop of rising concern over China’s rising maritime presence within the Indian Ocean area.
The French Navy has deployed its nuclear-powered plane service Charles de Gaulle, and its whole service strike group within the train, reflecting the seriousness of the drill.
The French Embassy stated the nineteenth version of the Varuna train underscores the shared pursuits and dedication of each nations in selling maritime safety within the Indo-Pacific and bears testimony to the vitality of the bilateral strategic partnership.
“The joint exercise comprises various drills across the spectrum of maritime operations, with the goal of fostering interoperability and mutual learning between the two navies and reinforcing their capability for joint action in a strategic area,” it stated in a press release.
The Indian Navy has deployed guided missile stealth destroyer Kolkata, guided missile frigates Tarkash and Talwar, fleet assist ship Deepak, a Kalvari class submarine and a sleet of P-8I lengthy vary maritime patrol plane, officers stated.
Besides Charles de Gaulle, the French naval belongings on the train included multi-mission frigate Provence, air defence destroyer Chevalier Paul, and command and provide ship Var.
The Charles de Gaulle with a displacement of 42,500 tons (4 instances the burden of the Eiffel tower), carries a crew of 1200, 15.4 per cent of whom are ladies, and an air wing consisting of 20 Rafale marine jets, two E-2C Hawkeye plane and a number of other helicopters.
Its 75-meter deck with catapult launching permits the launch of Rafale marine jets in lower than three seconds each 30 seconds.
Indian Navy Spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal stated each the navies will endeavour to reinforce and hone their war-fighting abilities to show their capacity as an built-in pressure to advertise peace, safety and stability within the maritime area.
The embassy stated Varuna train is a part of the French service strike group”s ”CLEMENCEAU 21” deployment, which the French Navy is conducting from February to June 2021 within the jap Mediterranean, the Gulf and the Indian Ocean.
“Its goal is to contribute to the stabilisation of these strategic zones and strengthening cooperation with the navies of partner countries, in particular India for the Indian Ocean component,” it stated.
As a part of this deployment, the service strike group can be collaborating in anti-ISIS operations,” the embassy said.
Initiated in 1983, Indo-French naval cooperation plays a key role in the two countries” joint vision for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, it said.
“It has intensified in recent times with more and more formidable joint workouts which have raised the diploma of the 2 navies” interoperability to a brand new stage,” the embassy said.
“In early April, the Indian Navy took half for the primary time within the France-led naval train ”La Perouse” with the navies of the United States, Australia and Japan,” it added.
The Indian side at the exercise is being led by Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, while the French side is headed by Rear Admiral Marc Aussedat, Commander Task Force 473.
“The three-day train will see excessive tempo-naval operations at sea, together with superior air defence and anti-submarine workouts, intense fastened and rotary wing flying operations, tactical manoeuvres, floor and anti-air weapon firings and different maritime safety operations,” Commander Madhwal stated.
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