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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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Defence Secretary inspects Anglo-French naval exercise

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was present for a major Anglo-French naval exercise involving around a quarter of the British fleet.

The Navy flagship HMS Bulwark was the centre of attention in the drills that were designed to test both nations' naval response to unexpected world events at short notice.

HMS Bulwark Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

It was one of the first joint exercises under the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) - an initiative agreed in 2010 to work more closely with French allies.

A French naval landing craft docks with HMS Bulwark during the joint naval exercise Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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