Thursday, April 14, 2016

French Naval Ships Visit Kochi

French Naval Ship Tonnerre

French Naval Ships Tonnerre and are on a visit to Kochi from 12-16 Apr 16. Captain Laurent Sudrat and Commander Claire Pothier are the Commanding Officers of Tonnerre and Guepratte respectively. During the visit, various interactions with Southern Naval Command have been planned. On 12 Apr 16, Colonel Frederic Ugo, Resident, Defence Attache and Commander Loic Bizot, Resident Naval Attache, Embassy of France, New Delhi accompanied by the Commanding Officers of French Naval Ships called on the Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command. Other planned interactions during the stay of the French ships include exchange of visits by specialist officers and personnel from both the navies with Indian Navy personnel visiting the French Naval ships and vice-versa.

French Naval Ship Guepratte

The French side had shown interest in learning Kabbadi and training for it was conducted on the beach front of INS Dronacharya at Fort Kochi on 13 Apr16 . The defence industries of France viz; Zodiac, Nexture, DCNS,MBDA, SAGM and Thales have put up display onboard FN ship Tonnerre. Specialist medical officers from Indian Armed forces visited the France Naval ship Tonnerre for Professional interaction. On departure a Joint exercise “PASSEX” is planned between IN - FN ships. IN ship Sunayna and Sharda will be participating in PASSEX.

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