U.S., French Navies Conduct Dual-Carrier Ops in Mediterranean

The U.S. Navy’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) began dual-carrier flight operations with French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) in the Mediterranean Sea, on March 2.

“As a result of regular exchanges and cooperative training on a routine basis, our interoperability has advanced to an extremely high level,” said Vice Adm. Laurent Isnard, the French Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean. “Our navies are truly plug-and-fight, especially in the Mediterranean but also throughout the world.”

Charles de Gaulle (CDG) has a history of operating with U.S. carriers. In 2016, Ike and CDG similarly operated alongside each other and conducted joint operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) from the Mediterranean Sea. As recently as last year, CDG also operated with USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while in the Red Sea.

“These dual-carrier operations demonstrate the combined military capability fostered by the U.S. Navy working alongside the French Navy for many years”, according to a U.S. Navy statement.

In 2016, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) operated with CDG as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 473 in the Mediterranean. Again, in April 2018, France, the U.K, and the U.S. conducted strikes into Syria in response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people. In 2019, and again as recently as last week, USS Ross rejoined CTF 473 to provide support to CDG.

File photo of U.S. Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), foreground, and the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) underway in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Julia A. Casper/Released)

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