In July, France bid farewell to one of its most famous combat aircraft with an official retirement ceremony for its last Super Étendard fighter-bomber. In service with the French fleet since 1978, these veteran jets had operated during two centuries from three French aircraft carriers including the retired Clemenceau and Foch, as well as their current generation nuclear-powered carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Single-seat and with a range of roughly 750 nautical miles, the 26,000-pound, Mach 1–capable aircraft could be equipped to carry a mix of weapons, including two AS-30 laser-guided ground-attack missiles, or perhaps most famously, a single Exocet antiship missile. The aircraft were also modified to conduct nuclear strike missions, and a limited number had been outfitted for photo-reconnaissance operations. The Super Étendards have now been replaced in French service by the more modern Rafale Marine interceptor attack aircraft, which began entering the fleet in 2000.