French warships arrive in Portsmouth

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TWO French ships sailed into a foggy Portsmouth Harbour this morning ahead of a series of war games.

Both the amphibious landing helicopter dock, Tonnerre, and its anti-submarine warfare destroyer, Georges Leygues arrived today with a full complement of soldiers, vehicles and helicopters.

The French amphibious assault helicopter carrier Tonnerre' arrives in a foggy Portsmouth Harbour today.

The French amphibious assault helicopter carrier Tonnerre' arrives in a foggy Portsmouth Harbour today.

An amphibious task force of 200 army soldiers, 43 vehicles, four helicopters, two landing craft units and a landing catamaran onboard Tonnerre will take part in the exercises in Gosport.

They include driver training, live fire exercises and assault course training at Browndown Beach today and tomorrow.

Members of the French Naval Academy 2010-class are set to gain experience from the exercises and are part of the Mission Jeanne d’Arc deployment.

The ships left Brest in France on Saturday and Gosport is one of their first stops.

After completing the exercises both will head to the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean to take part in a European anti-piracy operation, Atalanta.

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