French navy descends on Hampshire

French navy descends on Hampshire

French navy descends on Hampshire

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The French navy will this weekend be practising a major invasion on the British mainland.

A group of 200 soldiers, backed by 43 vehicles, four helicopters, two landing craft and a new landing catamaran, will be taking part in the exercise at Browndown, Gosport.

The amphibious landing follows the arrival of the French landing helicopter dock (LHD) Tonnerre and anti-submarine warfare destroyer (ASWD) Georges Leygues at Portsmouth Naval Base today.

A French navy spokeswoman said: ''Once the vehicles and soldiers disembark, using the landing craft and helicopters, the troops will continue with instruction activities, driver training, live fire exercises and assault course on Browndown.

''This kind of manoeuvre is a unique chance for the 134 midshipmen of the French Naval Academy 2010-class embarked onboard the Tonnerre and the Georges Leygues to discover both amphibious and joint operations.''

The French amphibious group left Brest, France, earlier this week for a five-month deployment which will carry on from the UK to territories including the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.

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5:48pm Fri 8 Mar 13

bigal007 says...

keep a eye on them we dont forget waterloo
keep a eye on them we dont forget waterloo bigal007
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8:15pm Fri 8 Mar 13

cantthinkofone says...

We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall NEVER surrender..... ;-)
We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall NEVER surrender..... ;-) cantthinkofone
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8:25pm Fri 8 Mar 13

good-gosh says...

Lock up your daughters...
Lock up your daughters... good-gosh
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9:15pm Fri 8 Mar 13

bigal007 says...

good-gosh wrote:
Lock up your daughters...
its gosport i think they need to lock up the women there are a bit ruff
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: Lock up your daughters...[/p][/quote]its gosport i think they need to lock up the women there are a bit ruff bigal007
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8:40am Mon 11 Mar 13

Lockssmart says...

Remember Agincourt
Remember Agincourt Lockssmart
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11:19am Mon 11 Mar 13

southy says...

Are the French getting ready just in case we leave the EU
Are the French getting ready just in case we leave the EU southy
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5:51pm Mon 11 Mar 13

bigal007 says...

lol !!
lol !! bigal007
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