The navies of India, France and the United Arab Emirates have carried out a two-day mega wargame in the Gulf of Oman, which concluded on 8th June.
The trilateral cooperation “achieved another milestone in history”, said India’s Defence Ministry.
During the maiden edition of the exercise, “a wide spectrum of operations at sea such as surface warfare involving tactical firing …drills for replenishment at sea were undertaken by the participating units.”
“The exercise also saw cross embarkation of personnel that facilitated exchange of best practices,” added the Ministry.
The drill has further “strengthened the maritime ties between the navies and enhanced interoperability to address traditional and non-traditional threats in the maritime environment thus ensuring safety of mercantile trade and freedom of navigation at high seas in the region.”
Earlier, the Indian Navy said maiden India, France, and the UAE maritime exercise started in the Gulf of Oman.
Indian naval ship Tarkash and French vessel Surcouf, both with integral helicopters, French Rafale aircraft, and the UAE navy maritime patrol aircraft participated in the exercise.