Indian Naval Ships Mumbai, Talwar,Teg and Deepak under the Command of Rear Admiral R Hari Kumar, VSM, the FlagOfficer Commanding Western Fleet, are on a two-month long Overseas Deploymentto East Africa and the South Indian Ocean region. Three of the four ships, INSMumbai, INS Talwar and INS Deepak arrived Saint Denis port of the Reunionisland, France on 27 Oct 14 towards bolstering bilateral ties and reinforcingcooperation 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 in1998 witnessed further rise in bilateral ties with regular high level exchangesat the Head of State and government levels, thus boosting the cooperation intrade & investment, culture, science & 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 lastdecade. The growing defence cooperation is evident from the conduct of annual naval exercise Varuna, contract for the construction of Scorpene class submarines and the participation of a 400-strong contingent of the Indian armed forces in the Bastille Day parade in 2009, where the Indian Prime Minister wasthe Guest of Honour. India and France are also members of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary and co-operative initiative between 35 countriesof the Indian Ocean Region, which has served as an ideal forum for sharing ofinformation and cooperation on maritime issues. The current visit seeks tounderscore India’s solidarity with friendly countries of the region tostrengthen the existing bonds of friendship between India and France.
During the stay the ships would bekept open to public. In addition,various cultural events and games between the two navies are also scheduled.