Joint manoeuvres between France and Ivory Coast - codenamed Exercise Alligator Three - ended on Monday (September 18) with a military march past and aerial fly past in Daloa, Ivory Coast.
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Background: Joint manoeuvres between France and Ivory Coast - codenamed Exercise Alligator Three - ended on Monday (September 18) with a military march past and aerial fly past in Daloa, Ivory Coast.
The manoeuvres, which began on September 11, simulated a situation in which the Ivory Coast was being invaded on her western flank and France sent sea power and airborne troops to her aid.
French forces included parachute and marine groups, 15 ships and fighter and transport aircraft. The Ivory Coast men included three infantry battalions, an armoured squadron, paratroopers and presidential guards, aircraft; helicopters and navy patrol vessels.
The manoeuvres were held under the joint commands of senior Ivory Coast and French officers, and military observers were invited from the Ivory Coast's entente partners - Dahomey, Niger, Togo and Upper Volta - and from France and Mauritania. The operations were held in the framework of the Ivory-Coast-France defence agreement of 1961.
At a press conference on Wednesday (September 13) the French Forces Chief of Staff General Ailleret said he was pleased with the progress of the exercise.
Prior to the march-past at Daloa, which officially brought the exercise to its close, General Ailleret decorated several Ivory Coast officers and a high-ranking officer representing President Felix Houphouet - Boigny decorated French officers.
Several of the ships taking part in the exercise were anchored in Abidjan.