Australia’s Minister for Defence, Marise Payne and French Assistant Minister for Defence Mrs Genevieve Darrieussecq have signed a Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) between the 2 nations which will improve the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and French Armed Forces combined operations by enabling mutual access to logistics services, resources and logistics training.
“This signing reflects the deepening of the defence relationship between Australia and France, which will aid practical cooperation between our defence forces,” Minister Payne said, while adding, “We conduct vital humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training with the French, including through the upcoming Exercise Croix du Sud, and this treaty will improve our ability to work together in response to events in the South Pacific.”
The signing occurred following the official bilateral meeting between Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.
Earlier in the day, Minister Payne attended a Commemoration Ceremony where Prime Minister Turnbull and President Macron laid a wreath at the Hyde Park ANZAC Memorial to honour the shared sacrifice of both nations during times of war.
France’s Naval Group will partner with Australian industry for Australia’s $50 billion Future Submarine Programme, which will deliver a fleet of 12 regionally superior submarines, and create an annual average of around 2,800 jobs.