Egyptian, French navies hold joint drill in Mediterranean

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Egyptian and French naval forces carried out on Tuesday a maritime training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, the Egyptian Armed Forces said in a statement.

The drills saw the participation of French frigate Jean Bart and Egyptian frigate Damietta, the statement said.

The training included planning and preparation for carying out combat missions in the sea by command groups from both sides, in addition to the implementation of combat activities, including the use of helicopters to support the combat activities of naval formations in various tasks.

Egypt regularly holds military exercises with Arab, African and Western countries to boost military collaboration and exchange expertise.

The military ties between Egypt and France have been growing in the past years. In October 2015, Egypt and France signed a contract worth 1 billion U.S. dollars on the purchase of two French Mistral warships, which were delivered to Egypt in June and September 2016.

Egypt has so far received 11 French-made Rafale fighter jets out of total 24, under a 2015 contract worth more than 6 billion dollars.

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