American-French bilateral relationships go all the way back to the American Revolution. It was France that was the first foreign power to create and establish a lasting relationship with the nascent nation. Of course, time has passed and America has grown into the most powerful nation on Earth. However, if there is one nation America would never forget, it’s France. That’s why bilateral exercise with French soldiers are not only common, but sought by both nations.
In this footage, U.S. Marines assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, forward deployed to the 3rd Marine Division, as part of the forward Unit Deployed Program, conduct a bilateral deck shoot with French Commando Marines aboard the French ship BPC Mistral on May 8, 2017. U.S. Marines and French Commandos exchanged weapons and firing techniques as part of a larger multinational exchange exercise. Jeanne D’ Arc is al French-led exercise aimed to strengthen strategic partnerships and exercising freedom of navigation operations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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