Sea phase of ‘Varuna’ exercise begins

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  • The sea phase of the Indo-French naval exercise ‘Varuna’ began on 8 May 2019.
  • This year’s edition of the Indo-French naval exercise currently underway off the Goa coast is the largest ever undertaken by the two navies.
  • The exercise, began on May 1, will culminate on May 10 after sea phase operations.
  • The first bilateral naval exercise between India and France was held in 1983.
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