EU-INDIA JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE 2021 | UPSC

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EU-INDIA JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE 2021

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MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Defence
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Defence

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EU-INDIA JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE 2021

PARTICIPANTS

  • The exercise involved Indian Navy frigate INS Trikand, EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta assets, including Italian frigate Carabiniere (Atalanta’s flagship) and Spanish frigate Navarra, French frigate Surcouf and French amphibious assault helicopter carrier Tonnerre.
  • It included cross-deck helicopter landings, complex tactical evolutions at sea, live firing, a night-time joint patrol and a naval parade in the high seas off the coast of Somalia.

AIM

  • The EU and India are committed to a free, open, inclusive and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region, underpinned by respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, democracy, rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded lawful commerce, and peaceful resolution of disputes.
  • They reaffirm the primacy of international law, including the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

SIGNIFICANCE

  • They also intend to boost maritime domain awareness in the Indo-Pacific through mutual coordination and exchanges.

BACKGROUND

  • In January 2021, the EU and India launched a dialogue on maritime security and agreed to deepen their dialogue and cooperation in this domain.

The Indian Navy has been providing escort to World Food Programme chartered vessels, coordinated by EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta.

  • The Indian Navy has previously participated in the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) conference, co-hosted by Operation Atalanta, whose assets conducted several joint exercises with Indian vessels in the past.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The EU and India reaffirm their interest to enhance their cooperation in the field of maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region.
     SOURCES:  PIB  | EU-INDIA JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE 2021 | UPSC

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