22/10/2014 Royal Navy
A Sea King Mk4 from 845 Naval Air Squadron of the Commando Helicopter Force seized a rare opportunity to visit and train with the French Naval Ship, FS Dixmude.
This provided an excellent opening to exercise UK/FR interoperability, with both the UK and France having key roles to play in leading and shaping the defence and security of Europe.
Whilst on board, the crew enjoyed warm hospitality from the ship’s company, before conducting integration briefs and Deck Landing Training serials, prior to flying back home to RNAS Yeovilton.
FS Dixmude is an amphibious assault ship, similar in design to HMS Ocean, and she is the third of the Mistral class ships currently in the French Fleet. FS Dixmude recently took part in Operation Serval, ferrying elements of the 92ème Régiment d’Infanterie to Mali.