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India participates in French Maritime Exercise ‘La Perouse’ held in Indian Ocean

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India-&-other-Quad-nations-join-France-in-3-day-naval-exercise-La-Perouse-in-eastern-Indian-OceanNavies of India & Three other QUAD (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) Countries namely US, Japan and Australia participated in the Multilateral French Maritime Exercise ‘La Perouse’. The Exercise took place from April 5-7, 2021 in the Eastern Indian Ocean Region and was led by the French Navy.

  • It is the 1st time ever that Indian Navy assets are participating in the French defence exercise.
  • The Indian Navy Assets which participated in the exercise are INS Satpura, INS Kiltan along with P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
  • The Indian Navy assets participated in drills at sea with ships & aircraft of French Navy (FN), Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) & United States Navy (USN).


  • Complex and advanced naval operations were conducted which included the surface warfare, weapon firing exercises, tactical manoeuvres& seamanship evolutions.
  • It also included cross deck flying operations, and anti-air warfare and air defence exercises.

Assets of other countries

  • French ship Tonnerre, an amphibious assault ship & frigate Surcouf participated in the exercise.
  • The US Navy was represented by Somerset, an amphibious transport dock ship.
  • From Australia, Her Majesty’s Australian Ships (HMAS) Anzac, a frigate and tanker Sirius were deployed by RAN.
  • From Japanese side, Destroyer Akebono took part in the exercise.

La Perouse

The 1st edition of La Perouse joint exercise was initiated by France in 2019.

  • The participants of the 1st Edition exercise were Australia, Japan & US.
  • It has been named after an 18th Century French Naval explorer, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse.

List of Indo-French Exercises

  • Varuna – Naval Exercise
  • Desert-Knight 21 & Garuda – Air Exercise
  • Shakti – Army Exercise

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