British Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel have trained alongside naval forces from several partner nations during deployment on-board a French warship.
Approximately 60 personnel from across the two UK maritime forces participated in exercises with their counterparts from other nations during the five-month annual French naval deployment to the Indian Ocean and Far East, including a four-part maritime exercise involving France, Japan, the UK and the US.
The two-stage exercise was named Forager Deux and Arc 17, and consisted of both sea and air based activities that took place near Japan, Guam, and Tinian.
The exercise was conducted in order to improve joint operations between the UK and its international partners, as well as to strengthen their overall defence cooperation abilities.
In addition to the UK maritime personnel, the exercise also included two Royal Navy Merlin Mk3 helicopters from the country’s Commando Helicopter Force, which transported 330 French, Japanese and American troops to and from Tinian as part of the week-long practice assault mission.
Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said: “Working shoulder-to-shoulder with French forces, as well as personnel from other partners’ navies, shows the flexibility of our world-class Armed Forces.
“The Royal Navy and Royal Marines play an important role carrying out Britain’s commitment to international maritime security, as well as protecting our own shores.”
Several instalments of training and defence activities have been carried out as part of the deployment initiative.