The France-organized multination three-day Le Pérouse naval exercise
commenced in the Bay of Bengal on April 5, with the participation of the Quad
nations. Indian Navy is fielding the Shivalik-class stealth frigate INS Satpura
along with its integral helicopter and anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette
INS Kiltan, besides P8I maritime patrol aircraft according to a defence
“The exercise La Pérouse, led by French Navy, has participation by FN
[French Navy] Ships Tonnerre, an amphibious assault ship and frigate Surcouf.
United States Navy is represented in the exercise by amphibious transport dock
ship Somerset. Her Majesty’s Australian Ships (HMAS) Anzac, a frigate and
tanker Sirius have been deployed by RAN [Royal Australian Navy] for
participation in the exercise while Japan Maritime Self Defence Ship (JMSDF) is
represented by the destroyer Akebono,” the statement noted.
“Exercise La Pérouse will witness complex and advanced naval operations
including surface warfare, anti-air warfare and air defense exercises, weapon
firing exercises, cross deck flying operations, tactical maneuvers and
seamanship evolutions such as replenishment at sea,” it added.
Exercise La Perouse
demonstrates our shared commitment to a stable and secure Indo-Pacific
Australian Minister for Defense Peter Dutton was quoted as saying,
“Exercise La Perouse will also demonstrate the complementary capability of our
partner nations and highlight our shared commitment to a stable and secure
Indo-Pacific.” Two hundred and sixty Royal Australian Navy personnel will be
taking part in the exercise.
Last year’s La Pérouse exercise in the Bay of Bengal brought together the
Australian, Japanese, and U.S. navies alongside the French. The 2020 edition
saw the participation of France’s sole nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,
Charles de Gaulle, while Japan fielded its helicopter carrier JS Izumo.