The UK and French armies have begun a reciprocal training programme, Exercise Gaulish, in CENZUB, one of the French Army‘s training camps to increase interoperability between the two nations.

The French training camp specialises in fighting in a built-up area (FIBUA) and replicates residential areas to provide realistic experience for better training.

The two week intensive training involves counter-IED skills as well as offensive and defensive missions.

The first part saw British troops being briefed about the approach to FIBUA by French Army instructors.

The second week involved implementing and performing a full field training exercise on the instructions received during the previous week.

The exercise is the first between the two nations since the defence co-operation treaty announced in November 2010.