French Naval Ship (FNS) Somme, a tanker class ship of the French Navy arrived at Port Blair on 22nd September, 2009 on a two-day visit.
''On arrival here yesterday, the French Naval Ship was given the traditional welcome and the visiting Admiral and Commanding Officer of the French Naval Ship called on Major General AK Chaturvedi, Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command. During the visit, ALINDIEN will also call on the Commander-in-Chief,'' Mr. Barve said.
The French Naval delegation interacted with Headquarters Staff of ANC at the Command Headquarters and discussed areas of mutual cooperation. During the day, the officers and crew of the visiting ship were also taken on a guided visit to the historic Ross Island.
Various other events were also planned by ANC for the crew of FNS Somme, including friendly sports activities, visit of naval personnel of both the countries to each other's ships and social interactions.'' The visit of FNS Somme will enhance mutual understanding between the two countries.'' Commander Barve added.