French Navy Ship Aconit, one of the five La Fayette Class frigates of the French Navy was on a goodwill visit to Mumbai from October 28 to November 2. The ship’s crew had professional and social interactions with personnel of Indian Navy. The visit culminated with an exercise at sea with a warship of the IN’s Western Fleet. The frigate had earlier visited Visakhapatnam in 2015.
The Commanding Officer, Cdr Guyon, called on the Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command, VAdm Krishna Swaminathan and interacted with him over issues of mutual interest.
Over the decades, cooperation between India and France has grown exponentially in various defence related fields. The current visit of FNS Aconit to Mumbai reflects the growing cooperation between the two navies and their enhanced interoperability. With peace and stability in the region being of common interest, the two navies are committed to working together towards that goal.