On Day 3 of the Indo-French naval exercise ‘Varuna’ which is currently underway in Goa, the Indian Navy posted on social media details of the exercise the two countries undertook.
There were ‘multi-helicopter operations with cross deck landings, Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBBS) operations and towing exercise between Indian and French navy ships, fighter aircraft operations in a high-intensity combat exercise including firing on Pigeon island off Goa’.
#ExVARUNA sea phase Day 3 saw multi-helicopter operations with cross deck landings. VBSS ops & towing exercise between @MarineNationale & #IndianNavy ships. Fighter ac ops in a high intensity combat exercise incl firing on Pigeon Island off Goa 1/n pic.twitter.com/LVs2xohSVT
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) May 10, 2019
A tweet read: ‘Coordinated anti-submarine warfare exercise involving LRMRASW aircraft P8i, Seaking & Lynx helicopters in close support of the Indian Navy ships Mumbai, Chennai and French ship Latouche Treville through the night’.
The first bilateral naval exercise between India and France was held in 1983, and it was named ‘Varuna’ in 2001. The joint exercises are held either in the Indian Ocean or the Mediterranean sea aiming to…