France and Britain conclude joint military exercise
Wednesday 17 June marked the end of Griffin Rise 2015, a Franco-British navy bilateral exercise born out of the Lancaster House Treaty of 2010, which created the concept of a UK-France Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF).
Begun on 3 June, the exercise was controlled from its operational centre in Mont-Valérien, western Paris, and involved two bases in France: Creil for the ground force and Lyon for the air force, with the third at sea on board the UK’s flagship HMS Ocean.
Comprising land, sea and air forces and logistics, Griffin Rise 2015’s ultimate aim is for both countries’ armed forces to work together to enhance their effectiveness and ability to respond to events and maintain stability. In total, 1,200 personnel participated in the exercise, of whom 700 were from the French forces.
The exercise paves the way for Griffin Strike 2016, ahead of a complete validation of the CJEF concept in the near future.