Egypt, France hold joint naval drills in Mediterranean Sea

Egyptian and French naval forces carried out joint military drills in the Mediterranean Sea with the participation of two frigates, one from each country, said the Egyptian army in a statement on Saturday.

The training included the implementation of an air defense exercise, tactical exercises, and electronic warfare exercises, it added.

The drills also included “training on maritime security operations that aim at locating surface and air threats.”

Egypt’s locally-built Sagem Port Said frigate and France’s La Fayette frigate took part in the joint naval exercises.

The Egyptian and the French navies have conducted a number of similar joint training over the past few months.

The Egyptian armed forces said the drills are part of a plan to exchange military expertise with friendly states

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