India-France Maritime Partnership Exercise

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Overview:

Indian Naval ships INS Rana and INS Sumedha undertook a Maritime Partnership Exercise with French Navy ship FS Surcouf in the Bay of Bengal on 30th June 2023.

About India-France Maritime Partnership Exercise:

 

  • INS Rana, a guided missile destroyer and INS Sumedha, an indigenously built offshore patrol vessel were from the Indian Navy side.
  • The French Navy’s La Fayette class frigate Surcouf participated in a variety of activities with Indian Navy ships.
  • The Exercise included tactical manoeuvres, replenishment at sea approaches, air defence against fighter aircraft and cross deck helicopter operations.
  • Location: Bay of Bengal.
  • The Partnership Exercise signifies the strong navy-to-navy links, interoperability and strong bonds between Indian Navy and French Navy. 
  • Other Exercises with France:
    • VARUNA: NAVAL EXERCISE
    • FRINJEX: MILITARY EXERCISE
    • GARUDA: AIR FORCE EXERCISE

 


Q1) What is a guided missile?

A guided missile is a weapon system that uses external guidance or internal systems to navigate toward a specific target. Unlike unguided missiles or rockets, which rely on their trajectory and propulsion for guidance, guided missiles have the ability to alter their course during flight to ensure accurate targeting.

Source: NS Rana & INS Sumedha undertook Maritime Partnership Exercise with French Navy ship FS Surcouf in Bay of Bengal