Aircraft exchanges between Charles De Gaulle and the USS Eisenhower strengthen the interoperability of French and American navies

decidedly with the Foch mission, the French Aéronaval Group (GAN) is not idle. Leaving Toulon on January 22 with his escort, the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle participated for three weeks in Operation Chammal, the French part of the fight against the Islamic State in the Levant. A week-long stopover in the Cypriot port of Limassol followed, in order to show France's commitment alongside Cyprus and Greece in the face of threats of Turkish retaliation.

Having returned to sea on February 26 towards the North Atlantic, Task Force 473 (NATO designation of GAN) On March 2, it encountered the American nuclear aircraft carrier CVN 69, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, and its escort. Scheduled for a long time, the meeting was originally scheduled to last a week. However, it seems to have been brought forward by a few days and shortened because of the imperatives that call for each aircraft carrier on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar. The exchanges that then took place between the French and American navies showed the very high level of interaction existing between them today.

Since the start of the Foch mission, the Rafale M have carried out strikes in the Levant, the F3R standard carrying out its first combat mission there. But the planes also conducted exercises with friendly air forces, notably in Egypt and Israel.

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