French Navy Ships FS Dixmude, an amphibious helicopter carrier and La Fayette, frigate are on a visit to Kochi from 6-10 March 2023 as part of circumnavigation mission, Jeanne d’Arc. Rear Adm. Emmanuel Slaars (ALINDIEN), Capt. Emmanuel Mocard and Lt Cdr Ghislain Deleplanque called on Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, Rear Admiral J Singh on 6 March 2023 and discussed a wide range of issues of maritime cooperation between the two navies.
During the ongoing visit, the French team visited professional training schools and ships of Southern Naval Command. Cross training visits, professional and social interaction including sports fixtures were some of the highlights of the visit. The French Army embarked onboard ships will also conduct joint military exercise with the Indian Army.
Indo French Naval cooperation is a key element of strengthening regional maritime security and stability in the Indo Pacific region. The visit of the French ships significantly contributes towards strong bilateral defence ties and strategic partnerships between the two nations.