Facts for Prelims (FFP)
Context: The Indian Navy Marching Contingent is set to participate in the Bastille Day Parade in Paris, France on July 14, 2023.
The Indo-French strategic partnership, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, extends to the maritime domain and includes collaboration in shipbuilding.
- Collaborations: Construction of Scorpene class submarines by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in collaboration with Naval Group, France
- Naval exercise: Varuna (initiated in 1993)
About Indian Navy:
The Indian Navy is one of the largest navies in the world, equipped with a diverse range of ships, submarines, and aircraft. Their motto, “Sam No Varunah,” meaning “May the lord of oceans be auspicious unto us,” (from Rig Veda) reflects their commitment to excellence. It boasts its own aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, and nuclear submarines.