The French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle was back at sea in March with its air wing embarked for Operation ‘Chammal’, involving Rafale Ms in action against the so-called Islamic State.

A pair of Rafale Ms is readied for launch from the Charles de Gaulle in early April. Note that they carry live Armement Air- Sol Modulaire (AASM) bombs.

THE FRENCH NAVY (Marine Nationale) aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) was back at sea in March following an 18-month, $1.5-billion, overhaul that began in 2016. Having completed sea trials and a workup period, the refurbished carrier was pressed straight into action. It embarked its air assets and deployed for ‘Mission Clemenceau’, initially joining the French Operation ‘Chammal’ effort against socalled Islamic State (IS).

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