New Delhi, Apr 5: The Quad countries commenced their complex maritime drills in the eastern Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to enhance interoperability among their navies on Monday, informed the Indian Navy. The French Navy is leading the exercise called La Pérouse in which two Indian warships and a long-range maritime patrol aircraft are taking part.
India, US, Japan and Australia constitute the Quadrilateral security or Quad to ensure the security of the Maritime trade in the Indian Ocean Region(IOR) and to counter China’s concentrated efforts to strengthen its presence in the IOR.
In the three-day exercise to be held from April 5 to April 7, Indian warships INS Satpura with an embarked helicopter, INS Kiltan, and a Boeing P-8I submarine hunter aircraft are taking part where as France is being represented at the by amphibious assault ship Tonnerre and La Royale’s escort frigate Surcouf which arrived at Kochi on March 30.
The US Navy has sent its amphibious transport dock USS Somerset for the drills while Australia has deployed its frigate HMAS Anzac and tanker Sirius, and Japan has sent destroyer Akebono for taking part in the drills.