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Major Anglo-French naval drill

British and French troops joined forces for a major naval exercise on Friday to test the capability of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force - a defence pact between the two nations. The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was present.

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British and French Marines join forces in defence exercise

British and French troops joined forces for a series of naval exercises on Friday.

The exercise saw British Marines from 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines train alongside their French counterparts in amphibious landing techniques from British craft.

Members of the French 9th Marine Corps Brigade training on the French Island of Corsica Credit: PO(Phot) Sean Clee/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

The training took place on Solenzaro Beach on the French island of Corsica as part of Exercise Corsican Lion.

Members of the Second Infantry Regiment of the French Marine Corps taking part in the exercise Credit: PO(Phot) Sean Clee/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

Corsican Lion is the first Maritime test of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force - a defence agreement between the French and the British - by demonstrating its ability to project power from the sea.

Royal Marines and French Marines rehearse amphibious landings Credit: LA(Phot) Joel Rouse/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire
A British landing vehicle in action Credit: LA(Phot) Joel Rouse/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

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