EU and India Carry Out First Joint Naval Exercise

  • In the Gulf of Guinea.
  • Followed the third meeting of the EU-India Maritime Security Dialogue on 5 Oct 23 in Brussels.
  • Indian Navy’s INS Sumedha, an Offshore Patrol Vessel, was joined by three EU Member States’ ships in the Gulf of Guinea: Italian Navy Ship ITS Foscari, French Navy Ship FS Ventôse, and Spanish Navy Ship Tornado.
  • The four ships practised a series of tactical manoeuvres in international waters off the coast of Ghana, including a boarding exercise, a flying exercise using the helicopters embarked on the French Ship Ventôse and Indian Naval Ship Sumedha, and a transfer of personnel between ships.
  • Followed by a knowledge-sharing session in Accra, Ghana, built on the joint experience at sea to improve operational know-how.
  • Helped deepen ties between Ghanaian officials and representatives of the Indian, EU and EU Member States missions to Ghana.
  • Underlined the shared commitment of India and the EU to supporting coastal States and the Yaoundé Architecture in ensuring maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.
  • Signalled the common determination to uphold the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Posted in Current Affairs.