India: The French Navy’s amphibious assault helicopter carrier Tonnerre and frigate Surcouf arrived in Kochi ahead of a mega naval war game involving France and four member nations of the Quad grouping, officials said.
The French ships are on a two-day goodwill visit to Kochi, in reflection of deeper military ties between the two navies, they said.
The ships will be sailing to the Bay of Bengal on Thursday to participate in the France-led ”La Perouse” naval war game from April 5-7.
The exercise will see participation of navies of the US, Japan, Australia and India, all member nations of the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition.
In Kochi, the French delegation and the commanding officers of the French naval ships called on Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Vice Admiral A K Chawla.
“The regular conduct of bilateral exercises, goodwill visits by ships and high level delegation visits involving both the navies are indicative of growth in mutual cooperation and jointmanship,” said an Indian Navy official.