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India and France to conduct Largest Naval Exercise "VARUNA”

Published on April 21, 2019
India and France are all set to hold their largest-ever naval exercise 'Varuna' with aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines and fighters early May as part of their expanding strategic partnership.
India and France to conduct Largest Naval Exercise "VARUNA”


  • The exercise that has been christened 'Varuna' will take place off Goa and Karwar from 1st May 2019.
  • Conducting the Varuna exercise was reiterated in the Joint Statement made by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France, on the 10th of March 2018.
  • The two countries will be deploying their aircraft carriers INS Vikramaditya and FNS Charles de gaulle with their Mig-29K and Rafale-M naval fighter jets.
  • The Indian participation will also include the destroyer INS Mumbai, frigate INS Trikand with their integral helicopters, IN submarine Kalvari, P8-I aircrafts and Dornier Maritime Patrol aircraft.
  • This comes after the successful operationalisation of the logistics support agreement between India and France under which Indian warships can access the French bases like Reunion Islands and in Djibouti.
  • Under the same pact, French anti-aircraft destroyer FNS Cassard had docked at the Mumbai naval port in January 2019.
  • This was second such logistics support agreement signed by India after the one signed by it with United States (US) in 2016.


Q.What is the largest-ever naval exercise that India and France are going to hold in May 2019 called?
a. Samudra
b. Varuna
c. Sagar Shakti
d. Jal Shakti
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