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

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

 

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    • 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]

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadair_CL-84

      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.

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

  2. 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)

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