17th edition Current Affairs - 2020
The first part of 17th edition of bilateral exercise ‘Varuna’ 2019, is being conducted between Navies of India and France off the Goa coast from 1st to 10th May 2019.
Varuna: Indo-French joint naval exercise
- The joint naval exercise was first initiated in 1983 and was named as ‘Varuna’ in 2001.
- The objective behind conducting joint operations is to develop interoperability between two navies and to foster mutual cooperation by learning from each other’s best practices.
- It plays a vital part in Indo-French strategic partnership.
- It underlines shared interests and commitment of both nations in promoting maritime security.
- It is in line with ‘Joint Strategic Vision of India-French Cooperation’ in Indian Ocean Region (IOR) signed by President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his state visit to India in 2018.
The year 2019 is 17th edition of exercise. It will be conducted in two phases, with first part of Varuna 19.1, conducted off the Goa coast from 1st to 10th May 19 and second part, Varuna 19.2, is scheduled to be held at end of May 2019 in Djibouti.