JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Security)

News-CRUX-10     27th October 2023        
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Context: Recently, the European Union (EU) and India collaborated for their inaugural naval exercise in the Gulf of Guinea, marking the first time they joined forces in this region.

Joint Naval Exercise

  • India and the European Union (EU) successfully conducted their inaugural joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Guinea on October 24, 2023.
  • This exercise was the culmination of collaborative efforts that transpired following the third meeting of the EU-India Maritime Security Dialogue on October 5, 2023, in Brussels.
  • During the joint naval exercise, the Indian Navy's INS Sumedha, an Offshore Patrol Vessel, teamed up with three vessels from EU Member States: the Italian Navy Ship ITS Foscari, the French Navy Ship FS Ventôse, and the Spanish Navy Ship Tornado.

Gulf of Guinea

  • The Gulf of Guinea constitutes the most northeastern section of the tropical Atlantic Ocean.
  • This gulf serves as the point where the Equator and Prime Meridian intersect, marked at zero degrees latitude and longitude.
  • The Gulf of Guinea receives various river inflows, including the Niger and Volta rivers.
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