Deployed in the Indian Ocean since the beginning of November, the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul has participated in a series of high-level exercises off India with the Indian armed forces.
On November 16 and 17, 2021, Chevalier Paul notably participated in two air defense exercises with the Indian Air Force and the French forces stationed in the United Arab Emirates (FFEAU) and Djibouti (FFDj). Two air forces made up of Su-30, Mig-29, Jaguar, Rafale, Mirage 2000, IL78, AWACS and A330 Phénix aircraft , bringing together a total of 16 Indian and French planes, clashed, consolidating the interoperability of the Indian armies and French authorities in the field of air combat.
The Chevalier Paul was then driven for two days with FDA Indian Navy , INS Kolkata, in the areas of air defense, anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship combat.
These exercises also made it possible to deepen the mutual knowledge between the two navies, maintained for many years through the Franco-Indian exercises Varuna . The Chevalier Paul sailors thus had the opportunity to meet their Indian counterparts as part of cross-visits organized during the ship’s stopovers in Mumbai from November 18 to 21, then to Cochin from November 25 to 30.
These different interactions demonstrate the will of India and France to consolidate their leading strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific region.