The Indian Navy has successfully completed its joint maritime exercises with the British and French navies.

The Indo-French Varuna naval exercise off the coast of Brittany was aimed to strengthen the naval cooperation between the nations, while the KONKAN-09, an annual exercise between Indian and the UK’s Royal Navy, was aimed at building maritime interoperability and mutual understanding.

Indian Navy crew were exchanged with Royal Navy and French Navy personnel and vice versa during the joint operation.

The Indian fleet – comprising destroyer INS Delhi, the frigates INS Brahmaputra and Beas, and the replenishment ship INS Aditya – have now been home ported.