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India and the EU carried out their first joint naval exercise

Published on October 27, 2023
Current Context: India and the European Union (EU) conducted their maiden naval exercise in the Gulf of Guinea off the west African coast on October 24, 2023.
India and the EU carried out their first joint naval exercise
  • The exercise involved Indian Navy’s INS Sumedha, an offshore patrol vessel, and naval ships of three EU member states—Italian ship ITS Foscari, French ship FS Ventôse and Spanish ship Tornado.
  • The exercise was based on the scenario of a maritime security operation and included a series of tactical manoeuvres, flying exercises, boarding exercise, and transfer of personnel between ships.
  • The exercise was aimed at boosting maritime security cooperation, enhancing interoperability, and demonstrating the shared commitment to a free, open, inclusive and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • It followed the third meeting of the EU-India Maritime Security Dialogue that took place on October 5, 2023, in Brussels.


Q.1 What was the name of the Indian Navy ship that participated in the exercise?
a. INS Vikramaditya
b. INS Sumedha
c. INS Shivalik
d. INS Talwar
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