Yesterday, on January 26, 2014, the training exercise called Blue legionnaire, in which the Legion and British paratroopers were participating in, was officially finished. It took two weeks, since January 12. Another two-weeks long exercise between the same units, called Eagle Eyes, will be started in Corsica next week, on February 03.
During the exercise Blue legionnaire, the legionnaires from the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) trained the British paras from Company B of Second Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) in survival and climbing techniques on Corsica’s mountains and amphibie military tactics in the Mediterranean Sea, while the British soldiers trained the legionnaires in firing with British rifles.
British paras obtained the French military parachuting badge after they adopted the French Army jumping technique and fullfiled the airdrop with the French parachute. Likewise, the legionnaires obtained British paratroopers badge, after they had jumped with the British parachute.
Photo credits: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC, Crown copyright
Information and images source:
GOV.UK – Paratroopers strengthen French connection (in English)
French Foreign Legion trains with British Paras (in English)
Video: Exercise Iberian Star with the Spanish Legion
2e REP and US Paratroopers in Corsica
2e REP: 82nd Airborne Division trained with the Foreign Legion
2e REI and US Marines trained together
US Marines and Legionnaires in Tonga