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Australia hosts French Navy vessels

Two French vessels are being hosted by the Royal Australian Navy at Fleet Base West for a maintenance and logistics visit.

Two French vessels are being hosted by the Royal Australian Navy at Fleet Base West for a maintenance and logistics visit.

Marine Nationale units FNS Emeraude and FNS Seine have arrived at Fleet Base West for maintenance and logistics support.

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Royal Australian Navy ships HMAS Anzac and HMAS Sheean, along with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-8A Poseidon aircraft, exercised with the French units off the coast of Fremantle.

The visit has been co-ordinated with the support of the West Australian government and has been managed in accordance with state and federal COVID-19 regulations.

“Australia and France have a longstanding and co-operative defence relationship, based on shared values and a commitment to promote a prosperous, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” Defence noted in a statement.

“The two navies work closely together in support of maritime security.”

[Related: Navy celebrates launch of next-gen survey boat capability]

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