French Navy ‘invades’ England

A French military force has carried out beach landings at Gosport in what is the first French invasion of the mainland since the Battle of Fishguard in 1797. The contingent of 200 marines  landed on Browndown beach via landing ships and helicopters from the amphibious assault ship, FS Tonnerre.

The French Navy’s Mistral class landing ship arrived in Portsmouth on 7 March, in company with the destroyer FS George Leygues. The ships are due to begin a five-month deployment to the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean on completion of exercises in the Solent.


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