The Indian and the French Navy conducted the phase II of their bilateral maritime exercise , Varuna 2023 in the Arabian Sea. The 21st edition of the Varuna exercise was conducted in two phases. The 21st edition of Varuna exercise holds special significance as it marks the 25th year of Indo-French strategic partnership .
The 21st edition of the Varuna exercise was held in two phases.The first phase of the exercise was conducted off Goa coast from 16 to 20 January 2023.
The second phase of the exercise was held for three days in the Arabian Sea . In the second phase of the exercise both sides deployed guided missile frigates, tankers, Maritime Patrol Aircraft integral helicopters.
The two navies undertook joint operations, underway replenishment and various tactical manoeuvres. Units of both navies endeavoured to enhance and hone their war fighting skills, improve interoperability and demonstrate their ability to promote peace, security and stability in the region.
The bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian and the French navies started in 1993. The exercise was named as Varuna in 2001.
The exercise facilitates operational level interaction between the two Navies to foster mutual cooperation for good order at sea, underscoring the shared commitment to ensuring security, safety and freedom of the global maritime commons.