For the first time in history, Indian Navy Ships INS Satpura and INS Kiltan along with P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft are participating in multi-lateral maritime exercise La Pérouse.
The multi-lateral maritime exercise is conducted in the Eastern Indian Ocean Region from April 5 to 7, 2021.
Indian Navy ships and aircraft are exercising at sea with ships and aircraft of French Navy (FN), Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and the United States Navy (USN) during the three-day exercise at sea.
Indian Navy Ships – INS Satpura & INS Kiltan alongwith P8I long range maritime patrol aircraft, participating for the first time in multi-lateral maritime exercise La Pérouse, being conducted in Eastern Indian Ocean region from 05 to 07 April 2021
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The exercise La Pérouse, led by the French Navy, has participation by FN Ships Tonnerre, an amphibious assault ship and frigate Surcouf.
United States Navy is represented in the exercise by amphibious transport dock ship Somerset. Her Majesty’s Australian Ships (HMAS) Anzac, a frigate and tanker Sirius have been deployed by RAN for participation in the exercise while Japan Maritime Self Defence Ship (JMSDF) is represented by the destroyer Akebono.
In addition to the ships, integral helicopters embarked onboard ships will also participate in the exercise.
Exercise La Pérouse is witnessing complex and advanced naval operations including surface warfare, anti-air warfare and air defence exercises, weapon firing exercises, cross deck flying operations, tactical manoeuvres and seamanship evolutions such as replenishment at sea.
The exercise showcase high levels of synergy, coordination and inter-operability between the friendly navies. Participation by the Indian Navy in the exercise demonstrates the shared values with friendly navies ensuring freedom of seas and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.