UK-France enhance military collaboration01/09/17Defence
During the next few months over 2,500 UK troops will train with their French counterparts, participating in exercises spanning eastern Europe to Kenya.
The UK’s defence secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, will agree the new programme of UK-French training during his first bilateral meeting with Florence Parly, the newly appointed French minister for the armed forces, in Paris later today (1 September).
In September, over 1,500 UK soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade will be joined by troops from the 11th Parachute Brigade on NATO exercise Swift Response in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. Meanwhile, French troops also plan to join 1,000 UK personnel from 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment on Exercise Askari Storm in Kenya in November, training on the prevention of instability and the spread of violent extremism.
During the visit, Fallon will also praise the French troops who have been deployed to Estonia as part of the UK-led enhanced Forward Presence battalion in the country since April this year.
Fallon said: “The UK and France have a long enduring relationship and that will continue as the UK leaves the EU.
“We are deployed together in NATO, fighting against Daesh in Iraq and Syria and training together across the globe.”
Earlier this year, the UK and France signed a €100m agreement to develop future long range weapons and are working together on an unmanned combat air system.