French Rafale omnirole fighter jet operates from U.S. aircraft carrier in the Arabian Gulf

Mar 06 2015 - 12 Comments

Every now and then, French Navy warplanes operate from U.S. flattops.

The cooperation between the Marine Nationale (French Navy) and the U.S. Navy is not limited to the recent joint exercise during which a French nuclear-powered submarine scored a simulated carrier kill on USS Theodore Roosevelt and part of its escorting Strike Group.

The images in this post show a Rafale Marine aircraft belonging to the 11F embarked aboard the French navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) operate aboard the U.S. Navy nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

USS Carl Vinson is deployed along with its Carrier Strike Group to support air strikes on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

This is not the first time French aircraft operate from a U.S. aircraft carrier: in January 2014, two French Navy Rafales, landed and were later launched from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during carrier qualification integration.

Operation Inherent Resolve

Image credit: U.S. Navy


  • Michael Rich

    What a sight to see any foreign aircraft operate from a US Navy carrier.

    • Felipe Rios

      It’s really quite nice.

    • Ming the Merciless

      Canadair’s CL-84 dynavert operated on board the USS Guadalcanal. In the face of gale storm conditions, the “84” performed magnificently in tasks such as ferrying troops and “blind-flight.” Phase 3 and 4 trials proceeded immediately after, but, despite rave reviews from over 40 pilots, the CL-84-1 did not land any production contracts.[9]

      The cost of the whole program was 80 million $ versus 200 billions for the MV-22 Osprey with less than a tenth of the performance…The huge difference being that the Dynavert could take off horizontally like an airplane with triple the Osprey’s payload.

  • dude

    where the hell is arabian gulf?

  • Maximus Sugarus

    Iranians claiming it’s the Persian gulf and not the Arabian gulf coming in 3..2..1..

  • m

    persian gulf

  • cencio4

    I’ve just used the term used by the U.S. Navy in the caption (below) as I found it interesting that they did not refer to the Persian Gulf:

    ARABIAN GULF (March 3, 2015) Marine Nationale (French Navy) Rafale
    Marine aircraft from Squadron 11F embarked aboard the French navy
    nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) operates aboard
    the U.S. Navy nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)
    conductiong carrier qualifications. Carl Vinson is deployed as part of
    the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security
    operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater
    security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of
    responsibility. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
    Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./Released)

  • Leftseat1

    That right main wheel appears very low as it clears the deck lip.

    • Ming the Merciless

      You mean the OTHER right wheel, namely the left one…As the right right wheel roll off the deck, if the tail did not strike, it had to be awfully close…

  • Jake

    The new Ford Carriers will be even more so. The new Electric Launch System won’t have limited weight limits meaning lighter aircraft will be able to be launched (meaning drones probably), where planes have to meet a minimum weight on the steam catapults.

  • FrankW

    Yes, what a good point. We here in the U.S. still foolishly give support to Saudi Arabia. That country financially backs all of these fanatical sunni terror/extremist groups. ISIS, AQ, AQI, etc… are all radical sunni groups. And 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were from our dear buddy Saudi Arabia-

    • Chode

      Finally a fellow American with common sense.