UK maritime forces join major French deployment

March 3, 2017 – UK maritime forces are taking part in a major French naval deployment to the Indian Ocean and Far East. Around 70 Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel have joined a French task group aboard the French assault ship FS Mistral for the five-month mission. It includes port calls in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Japan, Guam and Australia. Two Royal Navy Merlin Mk3 helicopters have joined the deployment, which will include amphibious exercises and defense engagement. The UK contribution to France’s annual Jeanne d’Arc naval deployment demonstrates the…

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