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“Varuna 2019”: India-France’s Joint naval exercise

“Varuna 2019”: India-France’s Joint naval exercise

Indian Navy and French Navy operating off their aircraft carriers will exercise together off Goa coast in May under the bilateral exercise ‘Varuna 2019’.

There will be a major focus on carrier operations and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) training. France is sending its nuclear-powered carrier Charles De Gaulle and India will be deploying INS Vikramaditya. Other focus areas of the exercise are explosive detection and mine hunting.

India-France relation

France (Capital: Paris; Currency: Euro) is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories.

Relations between India and France have traditionally been close and friendly. With the establishment of strategic partnership in 1998, there has been a significant progress in all areas of bilateral cooperation.

France was the first country with which India entered into an agreement on civil nuclear cooperation following the waiver given by the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group, enabling India to resume full civil nuclear cooperation with the international community.

France has joined the Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) inaugurated by the Indian Navy December 2018. The two countries are already cooperating in the area of Maritime Domain Awareness through information exchange and have recently taken steps for space-based maritime surveillance.

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