UK sends flagship for joint naval exercises with Cyprus and France

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) – Britain has deployed its naval forces on its largest deployment off Cyprus to make its presence felt in the volatile region and underline what officials have said is the country’s commitment after Brexit to strengthen Europe’s security. A three-ship strike force centered around the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Albion conducted joint maneuvers with Cypriot and French warships on Tuesday in the waters off the coastal town of Limassol. The main part of the exercise involved Cypriot special forces and British Royal Marines boarding an allegedly hijacked ship by descending quickly onto the deck from hovering helicopters and by small, very maneuverable speedboats coming in. side of the ship.

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