The French Navy’s Charles de Gaulle (R 91) aircraft carrier has carried out its first mission against ISIS in the Arabian Gulf.
Supported by the US Navy, the mission was carried out by the vessel as the flagship for Commander Task Force (CTF) 50.
The 38,000t, nuclear-powered French aircraft carrier has been deployed to the eastern Mediterranean, off the Syrian coastline, to support coalition operations in Iraq and Syria.
The French Navy is leading carrier-based naval strike operations for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), which aims to destroy ISIS.
Charles de Gaulle is being escorted by the French air defence destroyer Chevalier Paul (D621); the French anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet (D645); the Belgian anti-submarine frigate Leopold Ier (F930); the German anti-submarine frigate Augsburg (F213); and the French command and supply ship Marne (A630).
The aircraft carrier will support security cooperation and maritime security operations, resulting in increased interoperability between the French Navy and its allies.
The US and coalition nations have joined hands to combat ISIS following the recent Paris attacks, which killed 129 people, and injured more than 350.
In October, the last naval aviation missions in support of OIR were conducted from USS Essex (LHD 2).
Image: A French Rafale Marine aircraft takes off from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. Photo: courtesy of French Navy / Released.