Charles de Gaulle Fights ISIS

Photography by Francois Guenet

The carrier’s air wing includes twin-engine Dassault Rafale-Marine interceptor attack aircraft and single-engine Dassault-Brequet Super-Étendard strike fighters, both planes with a weapons capability of missiles, cannon, bombs, and rockets. She operates the French Navy variant of the Grumman E-2C Hawkeye radar surveillance aircraft, and has antisubmarine, search-and-rescue, and transport helicopters. Her hangar deck can accommodate up to 23 fixed-wing aircraft and two helicopters. During operations in the Gulf, she lands and launches U.S. Navy C-2 Greyhounds carrying passengers and cargo.



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