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La Pérouse- France-Led Military Exercise

La Pérouse- France-Led Military Exercise

CONTEXT:

  • The La Pérouse exercise is taking place from April 5 to April 7 and is being led by the French Navy.

  • Quad Nations- USA, Australia, Japan and India are also participating in this exercise.

                                           French Naval Exercise La Perouse: India Joins to Make it Full QUAD - The  Financial Express

KEY DETAILS:

  • The first edition of the La Pérouse joint exercise, initiated by France in 2019, included ships from

    • Australia,

    • Japan and the

    • USA.

  • Region: Eastern Indian Ocean region

  • Complements Quad: Months after navies of Quad, participated in Malabar exercise in November, Quad nations are participating in yet another exercise, along with the French military.

  • India: This year, for the first time, India is also joining this initiative

  • Close cooperation of 5 Nations: It will provide an opportunity for these five like-minded, high-end naval forces to

    • Develop closer links,

    • Sharpen their skills, and

    • Promote maritime cooperation

    • Throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific”.

CONCRETE DEMONSTRATION OF MULTILATERALISM

  • Indian Navy said that its participation in the exercise “demonstrates the shared values with friendly navies ensuring

    • Freedom of seas and

    • Commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and

    • Rules-based international order

  • INS Satpura, with its helicopter, INS Kiltan, along with P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, are participating.

  • France: It shows a concrete demonstration of multilateralism at sea and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

  • Varuna bilateral exercise: France and India will hold it in the Western Arabian Sea in the coming months.

SOURCE: Indian Express