In­dian war­ships en­ter Saint De­nis Port of Re­union Is­lands, France


In­dian naval ships Mumbai, Tal­war, Teg and Deepak un­der the Com­mand of Rear Ad­mi­ral R. Hari Kumar, the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Western Fleet, are on a two-month long Over­seas De­ploy­ment to East Africa and the South In­dian Ocean re­gion. Three of the four ships, INS Mumbai, INS Tal­war and INS Deepak ar­rived Saint De­nis Port of the Re­union is­land, France, on Oc­to­ber 27, to­wards bol­ster­ing bi­lat­eral ties and re­in­forc­ing co­op­er­a­tion in mar­itime se­cu­rity be­tween In­dia and France.

In­dia and France have tra­di­tion­ally main­tained close and friendly re­la­tions with bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion be­ing ex­tended to var­i­ous fields. The es­tab­lish­ment of the Strate­gic Part­ner­ship in 1998 wit­nessed fur­ther rise in bi­lat­eral ties with reg­u­lar high level ex­changes at the Head of State and gov­ern­ment lev­els, thus boost­ing the co­op­er­a­tion in trade and in­vest­ment, cul­ture, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tion, nu­clear en­ergy, space and de­fence to name a few. The scale and quantum of de­fence co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the coun­tries has pro­gres­sively been stepped up in the last decade.

Dur­ing the stay the ships would be kept open to pub­lic. In ad­di­tion, var­i­ous cul­tural events and games be­tween the two navies are also sched­uled.

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