The Indian Navy and European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) are holds their first ever naval exercise in Gulf of Aden. The 2-day exercise will end on 19th June 2021.

  • INS Trikand (Talwar-class frigate) participated in the exercise, which is currently deployed for anti-piracy operations.
  • Total of 5 warships from four navies participated in the exercise held on 18th & 19th
  • The Other warships that participated in exercise include Italian Navy Ship ITS Carabinere, two French Navy Ship FS Tonnerre (amphibious assault helicopter carrier) & FS Surcouf (a Fayette-class frigate) and Spanish Navy Ship ESPS Navarra (Santa María-class frigate).
  • A virtual “Information Sharing Exercise” is also being conducted between Indian Navy Information Fusion Centre in Indian Ocean Region and Maritime Security Centre in Horn of Africa

Exercise

The 2-day exercise witnessed high tempo-naval operations at sea such as advanced air defence & anti-submarine exercises, cross deck helicopter operations, boarding operations, tactical manoeuvres, underway replenishment, search & rescue etc. Ships of four navies endeavour to enhance their war-fighting skills and their ability to promote peace, security and stability in maritime domain. The Indian Navy and EUNAVFOR also saw eye-to-eye on multiple issues such as counter piracy operations and protection of vessels which were deployed under charter of World Food Programme.

Indian Navy and EUNAVFOR

Both largest navies conduct regular interaction through SHADE (Shared Awareness and Deconfliction) meetings which is held every year at Bahrain. It highlights their shared values of ensuring freedom of seas.

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