French Navy International Fleet Review 70th anniversary of the Landing in Provence. Royal Navy's HMS Echo and HMS Ramsey joined ships from half a dozen nations off Toulon to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of southern France. Vessels sailed along the CÃ´te dâ€™Azur before saluting the French President and veterans of Operation Dragoon who were aboard the carrier Charles de Gaulle. The people of Provence lined their shores to watch a procession of warships from six nations, led by the hosts, parade along the CÃ´te dâ€™Azur from Cannes to Toulon. It was along this stretch of coastline on August 15 1944 that the liberation of southern France began â€“ Operation Dragoon. Although eclipsed by the landings and subsequent fighting in Normandy, Dragoon was a massive operation, requiring the involvement of well over 40 Royal Navy vessels and several Fleet Air Arm squadrons.