New Delhi (NVI): For the first time, the Indian Navy is participating in the multi-lateral maritime exercise La Pérouse, which is being conducted in the Eastern Indian Ocean Region from April 5 to 7.
INS Satpura (with an integral helicopter embarked) and INS Kiltan along with P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft is taking part in the exercise, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence.
Exercise ‘La Pérouse’ will witness complex and advanced naval operations including surface warfare, anti-air warfare and air defence exercises, weapon firing exercises, cross deck flying operations, tactical manoeuvres and seamanship evolutions such as replenishment at sea.
“The Indian Navy ships and aircraft will exercise at sea with ships and aircraft of French Navy (FN), Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and the United States Navy (USN) during the three-day exercise,” the statement read.
The exercise La Pérouse, led by the French Navy, has participation by FN Ships Tonnerre, an amphibious assault ship and frigate Surcouf.
Furthermore, United States Navy is being represented in the exercise by amphibious transport dock ship Somerset.
Her Majesty’s Australian Ships (HMAS) Anzac, a frigate and tanker Sirius have been deployed by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for participation in the exercise while Japan Maritime Self Defence Ship (JMSDF) is represented by the destroyer Akebono, it added.
In addition to the ships, integral helicopters embarked onboard ships will also participate in the exercise.
The exercise will showcase high levels of synergy, coordination and inter-operability between the friendly navies.
“Participation by the Indian Navy in the exercise demonstrates the shared values with friendly navies ensuring freedom of seas and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order,” the Defence Ministry stated.