12 June 2011

Royal Navy Pilots Learning To Speak French

The recent agreement between Britain and France to share an aircraft carrier means that some Royal Navy pilots must learn French in order to operate off the Charles de Gaulle. Who woulda thunk it?!
The first five of 30 Royal Navy pilots have begun French language training at the defence college in Paris before they join the carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, where they will fly Rafale jets.

They will spend 16 weeks studying French so that they are able to communicate with their colleagues on board the vessel.

While they will wear their own uniforms they will sleep, eat and work alongside French fighter pilots, in what has been described as a major test of co-operation for the two Navies.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The relationship with France is strategically important and discussions are ongoing about Royal Navy personnel being based on Charles de Gaulle as part of the bilateral agreement between our two countries. This will allow us to maintain our skills and help to develop an enhanced capability in the future.”
By: Shelldrake

1 comment:

Silent Hunter said...

Don't see a lot wrong with this; CdG is far closer than the US supercarriers to the QEs.