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IN – EUNAVFOR: JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE

IN – EUNAVFOR: JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE

Context:

The Indian Navy-European Union Naval Force (IN-EUNAVFOR) joint naval exercise kicked off on June 18 in the Gulf of Aden. The Gulf of Aden is a crucial waterway that is part of the Suez Canal shipping route between the Mediterranean Sea, and the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.

About:

  • Indian Naval Ship Trikand, a mission deployed for Anti-Piracy Operations, is participating in the maiden IN – EUNAVFOR.
  • A total of 5 warships from 4 navies are participating in the exercise.
  • Other warships included are Spanish Navy Ship ESPS Navarra, Italian Navy Ship ITS Carabiniere, and 2 French Navy Ship FS Tonnerre and FS Surcouf.
  • It is a 2-day exercise that will see high tempo-naval operations at sea, including advanced air defence and anti-submarine exercises, tactical manoeuvres, boarding operations, underway replenishment, cross deck helicopter operations, Search & Rescue, Man Overboard drills, and other maritime security operations.
  • Ships of the 4 navies will endeavour to enhance and hone their war-fighting skills and their ability as an integrated force to promote peace, security and stability in the maritime domain.

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