The Indian Navy and the French Navy have conducted bilateral maritime exercises since May 1993. Since 2001, the exercises have been named VARUNA and there have been fifteen editions of the same till date. The last edition of VARUNA was conducted off the French Coast in April 2017.
This year too VARUNA-18 would be conducted in three sea areas, namely, the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and South Western Indian Ocean. The conduct of VARUNA and the special impetus on taking this Navy-to-Navy cooperative engagement forward was reiterated in the Joint Statement made by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France.
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Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
- Sunil Lanba the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy.
- France Capital- Paris, Currency- Euro, President- Emmanuel Macron.