Egypt, France conclude military naval drill 'Cleopatra-Gapian 2019'

Ahmed Eleiba , Sunday 7 Apr 2019

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Egyptian-French military officials during the naval drills (Photo: Courtesy of Military Spokesperson Tamer El-Refai)

Egyptian-French naval drill titled 'Cleopatra-Gapian 2019', that kicked up in France last week, concluded on Sunday, a statement by the Egyptian military spokesperson Tamer El-Refai read.

The exercises started on March 31 and continued for several days in France.

Egyptian units and vessels including Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Dock Gamal Abdel Nasser and FREMM frigate 'Long Live Egypt' took part in the joint exercise, which is meant to improve the naval performance and increase fighting experience, the statement read.

Commander of Naval Forces Ahmed Khaled, accompanied by Commander of the French Naval forces Christophe Prazuck, witnessed the closing ceremony.

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

Commander Khaled reiterated deeply-rooted relations binding Egyptian and French Armed Forces.

The participating troops were trained on countering threats against maritime security, protecting cargo ships, and searching suspicious vessels.

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

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