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IAF joins Indo-French naval exercise

For the first time, Indian Air Force (IAF) would complement the Navy in its exercises during the ongoing Indo-French joint naval exercise off Goa coast.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 23:52 IST

For the first time, Indian Air Force (IAF) would complement the Navy in its exercises during the ongoing Indo-French joint naval exercise off Goa coast.

"IAF will mount a strike against our forces in the sea which will be like any other enemy strike from land which will give experience of defending ourselves during the exercises," Rear Admiral Anup Singh, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet told mediapersons on board INS Viraat.

Both the navies would mix together and make two different forces during the exercises -- eighth in the Varuna series -- which began on March 27 and culminate on April 7.

"This is also for the first time that aircraft carriers of both the navies -- INS Viraat (Indian Navy) and nuclear powered carrier Charles De Gaulle (French Navy) -- are participating in such exercises," Singh informed.

Last year, during Indo-French naval exercises off-Djibouti coast, Indian Army's contingent was taken along with the Indian Navy, Singh said.

The ongoing exercises has Indian side represented by aircraft carrier INS Viraat with her wings sea harrier fighters, Sea King and Chetak helicopters, the guided missile destroyer INS Mumbai, the guided missile frigates INS Gomati and INS Betwa, the fleet replenishment tanker INS Aditya and stealth SSK submarine INS Shankul with maritime aircraft Dornier and TU 14 operating from ashore, officials informed.