Egyptian-French joint naval drill 'Cleopatra-Gapian 2019' kicks off in France
Ahmed Eleiba, , Sunday 31 Mar 2019

A joint French-Egyptian naval drill titled 'Cleopatra-Gapian 2019' kicked off in France on Sunday, the Egyptian Armed Forces said in a statement.

Egyptian units and vessels including Mistral-class Landing Helicopter DockGamal Abdel-Nasser and FREMM frigate 'Long Live Egypt' arrived at Toulon Port in France to participate in the joint exercise, which is meant to improve naval performance and increase fighting experience.

The naval forces also carried out drills to counter threats against maritime security, including terrorist acts, and protecting cargo ships and searching suspicious vessels.

Students from the Egyptian naval academy are participating in the drill to gain experience in naval combat.

The drill will continue for several days.