'Jeanne d’Arc’ or Joan of Arc, the French Helicopter Carrier and the French Anti-submarine Frigate 'Georges Leygues' carrying French cadets touching several ports of the world to inculcate in them an 'international' outlook, will call in Kochi on Friday.
According to officials in the French embassy, this year, one Indian cadet will board the Jeanne d’Arc and participate in the training mission till they reach the port of Kelang in Malaysia.
The ship which left Brest (France) on December 5, 2005, will return to France in May.
This year, 21 cadets from 16 foreign countries of four continents are also participating in the mission. Other cadets are also allowed to participate for shorter periods, French officials said.
Jeanne d’Arc was to come to India in 2005 but the trip was cancelled due to Tsunami which hit Indonesia. The Jeanne d’Arc was sent there to provide help with its helicopters and medical facilities.
In the ship are 20 officers representing different Navies across the world besides French officers belonging to the French Navy, French Military Medical Corps and Navy Support Corps.
During the visit of the ships between Jan 12-17 high ranking officers of the Southern Naval Command will be going on board the ships. Sports activities between French and Indian Officers will also take place.
The cadets and officers on board the ships will get a chance to get see several aspects of Indian culture during their stay here.
The Training Squadron and naval training ship 'Jeanne d’Arc' are under the command of Capt Gilles Tillette de Mautort. Commander Jean-Marie Lucas is the commanding officer of the "Georges Leygues".
One hundred and eighty two metres in length it can read a speed of slightly less than 50 kilometres per hour. It has six Exocet sea-to-sea missiles and can carry up to 10 helicopters.