On Sunday, the Egyptian and French naval forces have carried out drills in the southern fleet region. Dubbed "Ramses 2021," the air forces of both countries also made joint exercises in an Egyptian airbase as part of the Armed Forces' plan to bolster military relations with different countries.
In a statement, the army said that the military exercises were participated by the Egyptian frigate 'Sajm Al-Fateh' and the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which is Europe’s only nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
The exercise saw several joint training activities for combat situations, including maritime defense formations and a night navigation exercise, which showed the joint capabilities of the participating units in countering various threats day and night.
They also carried out exercises of landing helicopters on participating Egyptian and French naval units and the implementation of maritime security measures in areas of operations.
“The multiple naval exercises executed by the Egyptian and French navies in the past period, with the participation of the most powerful French naval units, reflect the substantial development of Egyptian naval forces and the huge technological breakthrough in the past years,” the statement said.
It added that the latest joint exercises reflect the depth of Egyptian-French relations and the consistent efforts to safeguard maritime security and stability in the region.