The Navies of India and France concluded their second joint patrolling in the southwestern Indian Ocean, while an Australian P-8 maritime patrol aircraft is expected in India next month on a reciprocal visit, underscoring India’s continued focus on expanding maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
- During the five days from May 9 to 13, an Indian Navy P-8I aircraft was deployed from the French island of La Reunion to carry out “joint surveillance and patrolling operations” with the French Navy in the southwestern Indian Ocean.
- It is the second time that France and India have carried out “joint patrolling” out of La Reunion.
Réunion Islands –
- Réunion (French: La Réunion) is an island in the Indian Ocean that is an overseas department and region of France.
- It is located approximately 950km east of the island of Madagascar and 175 km southwest of the island of Mauritius.