The Fourteenth edition of the Indo-French naval exercise VARUNA 2015 concluded on 2 May 2015. The exercise started on 23 April 2015 off the Goa Coast.
Features of the VARUNA 2015 Exercise
• Its aim was deriving mutual benefit from the experiences of the two navies. The experience gained through such exercises helps in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the fields of Joint Maritime Air Operations Planning with exchange of Carrier Operational Capabilities.
• The exercise included both a harbour and sea phase and its mandate was to cover the entire gamut of maritime operations ranging from Aircraft Carrier Operations, Anti Submarines Warfare Exercises, Maritime Interdiction Operations and multi-ship replenishment exercise.
• From the Indian side, the participants included Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat, which is the second largest flagship vessel of the Indian Navy after INS Vikramaditya, destroyer Mumbai, stealth frigate Tarkash, guided missile frigate Gomati, replenishment tanker Deepak, submarine Shankul among others.
• The French Navy was represented by Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle, which is the flagship vessel of the French Navy and the largest Western European warship currently in commission, two destroyers Chevalier Paul and Jean de Vienne, replenishment tanker Meuse and a maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2 among others.
About VARUNA Exercise
Though the navies of both the countries have been conducting joint exercises since 1983, these exercises were christened as VARUNA in 2001 following the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two countries.
Till date, thirteen such exercises have been conducted and the last exercise VARUNA 12 was conducted in the Mediterranean Sea from 19 July to 22 July 2012 off the Toulon Coast.
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Where: Off the Goa Coast
When: 2 May 2015
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