Largest Indo-French Naval Exercise Yet From Tomorrow

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  1. SpArK

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    Largest Indo-French Naval Exercise Yet From Tomorrow


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    Exercise Varuna 2011, starting tomorrow in the Arabian Sea off Goa, is a major part of the French Navy's Agapanthe 2010 deployment. This bilateral exercise will involve nine ships, including two aircraft carriers: INS Viraat (with Sea Harriers and Seaking) and FS Charles De Gaulle (strike group composed of E2C, Rafale and SEM).

    The 7 other units are the following: Indian frigates INS Godavari and INS Ganga, Class-209 submarine INS Shalki, French destroyers FS Forbin and FS Tourville, fleet tanker FS Meuse and nuclear submarine FS Améthyste. Shorebased maritime patrol aircraft will also participate in the exercise.

    Exercise Varuna will start with a harbour phase in Mormugao (7-10 January), followed by a phase at sea (11-14 January). The phase off Goa includes air operations, submarine exercises, surface exercises as well as replenishment at sea.

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    Seems like they are trying to pitch in Rafale for the Indian Navy's IAC2 and beyond. Our Admiral is a fan of the Rafale.
     
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    FNS Charles de Gaulle Comes To India For The First Time!!



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    VARUNA 10' the bilateral naval exercise between the Indian Navy and the French Navy is scheduled to commence from 07 Jan 11 with aircraft carriers, destroyers/frigates, tankers and submarines from both sides participating.

    For VARUNA 10, the French Navy will be represented by ships from the French Carrier Strike Group, designated Task Force 473 and mainly based at Toulon, France. The Task Force includes the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle, destroyers FNS Forbin and FNS Tourville, supply ship FNS Meuse and nuclear powered submarine FNS Amethyste. Aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle will be carrying its complement of fighter aircraft, Rafale and Super Etendard, airborne early warning aircraft E2C Hawkeye and integral helicopters.

    The Indian Navy will be represented by aircraft carrier INS Viraat, two indigenous frigates INS Godavari and INS Ganga and one Shishumar class submarine, INS Shalki. Sea Harrier fighters, fixed and rotary wing aircraft are also scheduled to participate in the bilateral exercise. The harbour phase is scheduled from 07 to 10 Jan 11 and the sea phase will be conducted in the Arabian Sea from 11 to 14 Jan 11. The scope of VARUNA 10 includes the entire gamut of maritime operations ranging from Aircraft Carrier Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare operations and Maritime Interdiction Operations exercises.

    Indian Navy and the French Navy have been conducting bilateral naval exercises since May 1993. However, it was from 2001 that the IN-FN bilateral exercises have been called "VARUNA”. Till date, eleven such exercises have been conducted. The last exercise VARUNA 09 was conducted off Brest in France from 27 Jun to 04 Jul 09, to coincide with the overseas deployment of IN ships to the Mediterranean and Atlantic. Regular IN -FN interaction over the years has allowed both sides to gradually and systematically increase the complexity and professional content of the bilateral exercise. VARUNA aims at deriving mutual benefit from the experiences of the two navies. The understanding and confidence gained through such exercises has helped develop SOPs, particularly for cooperation in Anti Piracy Operations and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. This exercise will further strengthen the IN-FN cooperation and coordination.

    India with its long-coastline, and significant maritime capability sits astride, the sea lanes of Indian Ocean Region through which most of the worlds energy carriers transit. Due to increasing piracy and maritime terrorism, navies of several countries have been co-operating with each other to strengthen maritime security in the lOR. Naval cooperation between India and the France epitomises this and is in the long term interests of both countries. Both navies have, over the years, undertaken bilateral activities such as exercises at sea, training visits and courses, information exchange, and technical cooperation. The navies have significant convergence of interests, especially in maritime security in this region.

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    Me too.. Go rafale go...................
     
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    guys cant we buy one AC from france

    as we know our ac will take time is any option we can think and what will be the benifit


    think ac with rafale if france offer us
     
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    France themselves has got only one AC which is seen in the pictures above and there are no immediate plans for them to build one for themselves too..
    Our AC building projects are going as per schedule . So there is no need/scope for additional purchases..
     
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    French & Russians are deign consultant in vikrant class project..
     
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    India, France naval exercise on in Goa

    ON BOARD INS VIRAAT: The eleventh annual bilateral exercise between the Indian and French Navies has begun off Mormugao, with the Harbour Phase of 'Varuna 2010' entering its second day on Saturday.

    Though scheduled between January 7 and 14, 2011, the exercise has retained last year's date as it was previously scheduled for December 2010. The Sea Phase of the ongoing exercise is expected to commence on Janu-ary 11.

    Addressing reporters onboard the INS Viraat, Rear Admiral R K Pat-tanaik, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Indian Navy, said, "The Indian Navy has done such exercises with all the Navies, except the Pakistani Navy. If they are interested in such interoperability activities they will be welcomed."

    Explaining the scope of such exercises, he said, "The Varuna exercises include the entire gamut of maritime operations-from aircraft carrier operations to anti-submarine warfare exercises and maritime interdiction op-erations. The understanding and confidence gained through such exercises helps during international antipiracy operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief operations."

    Asked what the last 10 exercises between the two Navies have achieved for the Indian Navy, Pattanaik said, "The interoperability is so much friendlier that in times of crisis we won't even have to communicate with regard to operations... both the Navies will be able to function without any problems."

    Rear Admiral Jean-Louis Kerignard of the French Navy, on the other hand, said, "The target of these exercises is to achieve freedom of naviga-tion and to see, learn, and transform from each other. This is why in the Second Phase of 'Varuna 2010' sailors of the Indian and French Navies will be mixed."

    He added, "Regular Indian Navy-French Navy interactions over the years have allowed both sides to gradually and systematically increase the complexity and professional content."

    For this bilateral exercise, 300 officials and 3,000 plus personnel are participating. The French Navy has its newly inducted FNS Forbin Destroyer as part of its Carrier Strike Group, which also includes the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle, FNS Tourville and supply ship FNS Meuse.
     

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