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Explain the maiden Indian Navy and European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) exercise and its relevance.

Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism.

6. Explain the maiden Indian Navy and European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) exercise and its relevance. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

Indian Naval Ship Trikand, mission deployed for Anti-Piracy Operations, is participating in the maiden IN – EUNAVFOR Joint Naval Exercise in the Gulf of Aden. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

The question is straightforward; explain the maiden Indian Navy and European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) exercise and its relevance.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with brief introduction if the exercise.

Body:

Explain the importance of the exercise first; EUNAVFOR and the Indian Navy converge on multiple issues including counter piracy operations and protection of vessels deployed under the charter of World Food Programme (UN WFP). Indian Navy and EUNAVFOR also have regular interaction through SHADE (Shared Awareness and De-confliction) meetings held annually at Bahrain.

This engagement showcases increased levels of synergy, coordination and inter-operability between IN and EUNAVFOR. It also underscores the shared values as partner navies, in ensuring freedom of seas and commitment to an open, inclusive and a rules-based international order.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.