For the first time, Indian Navy Ships INS Satpura and INS Kiltan will participate in multilateral maritime exercise La Pérouse, which is being conducted in the Eastern Indian Ocean Region from 5th to 7th April 2021. This will take place along with P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Naval Ships and aircraft of France, the USA, Japan and Australia are also present at the event.

Apart from the ships and aircraft of the Indian Navy, ships and aircraft of Royal Australian Navy (RAN), French Navy (FN), United States Navy (USN) and Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) will be staged during the three-day exercise at sea.

In the French Navy-led exercise La Pérouse, FN Ships Tonnerre will also participate, which is an amphibious assault ship and frigate Surcouf. For participation in the exercise, amphibious transport dock ship Somerset will represent the US Navy, the destroyer Akebono will represent the Japan Maritime Self Defence Ship (JMSDF) while Australian Ships (HMAS) Anzac, a frigate and tanker Sirius have been deployed by RAN in the exercise.

Including anti-air warfare, surface warfare, air defence exercises, Exercise La Pérouse will witness advanced and complex naval operations such as weapon firing exercises, tactical maneuvers, cross deck flying operations, and seamanship evolution like replenishment at sea.

It will showcase high levels of synergy, interoperability and coordination between the friendly navies. The Indian Navy’s participation in the exercise demonstrates that the country shared its values with friendly navies which ensure the freedom of seas and commitment to an inclusive, open Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.

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