VARUNA 15 - Indo-French Naval Exercise

History

Joint Exercise by IN & FN Ships

History

The Indian and French Navies have been conducting bilateral maritime exercises since May 1993. Since 2001, the exercises are called ‘VARUNA’. The last edition of the exercise was conducted off Toulon, France in 2012. Till date, ex VARUNA has been held 13 times.

Interaction of Officers of Indian Navy and French Navy

Exercise in 2015

The participating units from Indian and French Navy were:-

Indian Navy

INS Viraat, INS Mumbai, INS Tarkash, INS Gomati, INS Deepak, 2 FACs, INS Shankul,

Shored based aircraft - P8I, Dornier and Ship Borne Aircraft – Sea Harrier, Seaking and Chetak.

Cross Deck Flying Operations

Cross Deck Flying Operations

French Naval Pilots Onboard INS Virat

French Naval Pilots Onboard INS Virat

French Navy

FNS Charles de Gaulle,FNS Chevalier Paul, FNS Jean de Vienne, FNS Meuse (Tanker), Ship Borne Aircraft – Rafale, Super Etendard, E2C Hawkeye, Lynx, Panther, Alouette III and Dauphin.

FNS Charles De Gaulle

FNS Charles De Gaulle

Distinguished Visitors Day. On invitation from the Ambassador of France, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa along with Dr Sharat Chauhan, Commisioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister and Prof(Dr) Gajanan Prabhu Gaunkar embarked the Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle on 02 May 15.

Distinguished Visitors Onboard FNS Charle De Gaulle

Distinguished Visitors Onboard FNS Charle De Gaulle

In addition, a naval delegation comprising VAdm SPS Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command and VAdm AK Chawla, Director General Naval Operations and other senior officers were also invitees. The French Ambassador to India and the Commander of the French Carrier Strike Group hosted the IN delegation onboard the Aircraft Carrier.

Distinguished Visitors Walk Around Onboard FNS Charles De Gaulle

Distinguished Visitors Walk Around Onboard FNS Charles De Gaulle

Varuna 2015 served to foster greater synergy and co-operation between the two navies. Participation of aircraft carriers from both sides also enabled the aircrew of both sides to benefit from combat tactics between different aircraft.

Media Interaction

Media Interaction

The regular conduct of such operational exercises between the two navies helpS to foster greater understanding between the two nations as also in picking up best practices from each other through professional interactions.

French Naval Officers Onboard INS Virat

French Naval Officers Onboard INS Virat

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