France to deploy Aircraft Carrier in Persian Gulf to join ISIS war

Jan 08 2015 - 10 Comments

France decided to deploy Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier before the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which claimed 12 victims.

The Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier will deploy to the Persian Gulf to strengthen the French contingent already fighting ISIS in the region, Agence France Press news agency reported on Jan. 6.

The news that the 38,000-ton nuclear-powered aircraft carrier would be about to join the war on Islamic State widely spread through social media on Jan. 7, after the Paris shooting, but the decision to deploy the battle group was taken well before the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo.

According to the AFP, the aircraft carrier would operate in the Gulf on its way to India, where the French Navy’s flagship is scheduled to take part in drills in mid-April and the deployment is set to be announced by President Francois Hollande on Jan. 14, during the annual New Year’s speech to the armed forces.

French Navy Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard, Dassault Rafale M and E‑2C Hawkeye aircraft operating from the Charles De Gaulle would reinforce the current French contingent made of 9 Rafale, 6 Mirage 2000 jets, 1 C-135FR tanker, 1 E-3F Airborne Early Warning aircraft and an Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft already deployed to airbases in UAE and Jordan.

Image credit: French Navy

 

  • Jupiter

    France fighting ISIS… Really?

    Wasn’t so long ago they were offering full support.

  • pp_muscimol

    More than ever France needs a second CV.

    • Bruno Sajet

      I agree with you. The Charles de Gaulle will be in drydocking for maintenance and repair between september 2016 & february 2018. The US can have a Aircraft Carrier in dry dock for more than 12 month, but the CDG is our only AC, and if we need it…

  • jim

    All Obama is doing is giving the illusion of action. It is a fig leaf to cover his appeasing weakness. So welcome to Obama’s Operation FUBAR. You too can now pretend that your doing something when in reality your doing nothing.

  • Mr.Joe

    Why don’t they deploy in the Med to attack those “migrant boats” that are ever-so-often coming out of Libya? Now, that’s your real security risk threat.

    • Axel Gautrot

      Attacking migrant boats with an aircraft carrier ? Is this a joke ?

    • Owe F

      Exactly. Why send an AC to the mideast when you are allowing the terrorists to fly in on commercial airliners.

      • Ming the Merciless

        Never heard of the “No fly list”? Are you on it?

  • Jupiter

    Is this French pleasure cruise against ISIS or for ISIS protection against the Islamic Republic?

  • Angeles Negre Cuevas

    Libia, par exemple…