Two U.S. Sailors assigned to French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) tested positive for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Sailors are currently receiving medical care at French facilities.
The individuals are two of the four U.S. Sailors assigned to the French nuclear-powered carrier as part of the U.S. Navy’s Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) which the Navy says “fosters strong relationships and enhanced communication with partners and allies.”
Charles de Gaulle was in a deployment to the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Foch mission which started on January 21. The aircraft carrier was in its phase of return towards the Mediterranean when suspected cases of COVID-19 was reported. With the new development, the vessel expedited its return to its homeport. The arrival at Toulon was initially scheduled for April 23.