The first edition of India, France, and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Maritime Partnership Exercise commenced on 7th June 2023 in the Gulf of Oman, featuring the participation of INS Tarkash, French Ship Surcouf, French Rafale aircraft and UAE Navy Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
Overview of the exercise
The exercise witnessed a wide spectrum of naval operations such as Surface Warfare, involving tactical firing and Drills for Missile engagements on surface targets, Helicopter Cross Deck Landing Operations, Advanced Air Defence Exercises and Boarding operations.
- To enhance trilateral cooperation between India, France, and the UAE.
- The exercise will enhance collaboration in ensuring the safety of mercantile trade and freedom of navigation on high seas in the region.
- It seeks to adopt measures to address traditional and non-traditional threats in the maritime environment.
India’s Ties with France & UAE
- India and France have regularly conducted joint exercises such as Exercise Shakti, Exercise Varuna, and Exercise Garuda involving their respective army, navy, and air force.
- Additionally, India has collaborated with France in the construction of six Scorpene submarines through a technology-transfer arrangement in 2005, and France has provided India with 36 Rafale fighter jets under an inter-government agreement.
- India and the UAE conduct joint air combat exercises, such as ‘Desert Eagle II’, to enhance security cooperation and counter terrorist threats.
- Naseem-Al-Bahr is a bilateral naval exercise between the Indian Navy and the UAE Navy. which aims to enhance maritime security, promote cooperation in anti-piracy operations, and strengthen naval ties between the two nations.
- Gulf Star is a bilateral naval exercise conducted between the Indian Navy and the UAE Navy. It focuses on maritime security, anti-piracy operations, and enhancing naval interoperability between the two countries.