The first edition of the India, France, and UAE Maritime Partnership Exercise commenced on 07 June in the Gulf of Oman. INS Tarkash and French Ship Surcouf both with integral helicopters, French Rafale aircraft, and UAE Navy Maritime Patrol Aircraft participated in the exercise.
The exercise witnessed a wide spectrum of naval operations such as Surface Warfare, involving tactical firing and Drills for Missile engagements on surface targets, Helicopter Cross Deck Landing Operations, Advanced Air Defence Exercises, and Boarding operations.
The maiden exercise aims to enhance trilateral cooperation between the three navies and pave the way for adopting measures toward addressing traditional and non-traditional threats in the maritime environment. The exercise will also enhance collaboration in ensuring the safety of mercantile trade and freedom of navigation on high seas in the region.