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Exercise Varuna 2021

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    26th Apr, 2021


The 19th edition of the “Varuna” naval exercises between India and France got off to a start with large-scale drills on April 25 in the western Arabian Sea.

Key-highlights of the meeting

  • This edition of the combat readiness war games between Indian and French warships witnessed the participation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy for the first time, making it a trilateral naval exercise.
  • India and France have been holding these exercises since 1993.

The Indian Side

  • Taking part in the exercises are INS Kolkata, the Indian Navy’s guided missile stealth destroyer; INS Tarkash and INS Talwar, guided missile frigates; INS Deepak, fleet support ship, with its complement of Sea King 42B and Chetak integral helicopters; a Kalvari class submarine; and the P8I long range maritime patrol aircraft.

The French Side

  • The French naval assets in Varuna-2021 is led by the Charles de Gaulle, the French Navy’s aircraft carrier with its complete complement of 20 Rafale marine combat fighter aircraft; two E2C Hawkeye twin-turboprops, the all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning aircraft; and Caïman Marine and Dauphin embarked helicopters.