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Friday, April 24, 2015

India and France Begin 10-Day Naval Exercise Christened 'Varuna'

Dassault Rafale MIndia and France today began 10-day naval exercise 'Varuna' that will see 12 Rafale fighter jets in action off the Goa coast along with a host of naval assets of both countries.

The 14th edition of 'Varuna' started with the arrival of four French naval ships at Goa including aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, two destroyers Chevalier Paul and Jean de Vienne, replenishment tanker Meuse and a maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2.

The French aircraft carrier is carrying fighter aircraft Rafale M, Strike Aircraft Super Etendard, E2C Hawkeye Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) - a mobile, long-range radar surveillance and control centre for air defense - and helicopters Dauphin and Alouette 3.

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