This major milestone comes as the two countries commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Lancaster House treaty.
Ten years ago, the UK and France signed treaties at Lancaster House on defence and security, and on nuclear cooperation.
“This historic commitment has helped establish a long-term partnership and provides a framework for a joint response when mutual interests are at stake. One of the key goals of the treaties was to establish the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) combining two of the world’s strongest militaries to tackle shared threats.
The force has reached full operating capacity and can now rapidly deploy over 10,000 personnel in response to a crisis to fulfil a range of tasks including high intensity operations, peacekeeping, disaster relief or humanitarian assistance. As part of CJEF training, this week British and French paratroopers will come together for Exercise Wessex Storm on Salisbury Plain.
This sees soldiers from the French 2e Regiment Etranger de Parachutistes (2e REP) attached to the 2 PARA Battlegroup. Both units regularly train together to maintain their partnership so they are ready to deploy alongside each other.”
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“Today, the UK and France face a range of security threats of increasing scale and complexity. Having a highly capable, high readiness force is essential if we are to protect both UK security and the security of our NATO allies. It is testament to our close defence relationship that we have achieved all the milestones set out in the Lancaster House treaties 10 years ago, working together to protect our mutual interests.”
The UK and France are deployed around the world together in places such as the Middle East to combat Daesh and Estonia as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, you can read more from the Ministry of Defence on this here.