New Horizons: Charting the Future for French Carrier Air Power

As the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle makes its first operational deployment since completing a major mid-life refit, work is already under way to frame the fundamentals of a successor capability. Henri-Pierre Grolleau , Richard Scott , and Xavier Vavasseur examine French carrier aviation today and tomorrow The French Navy’s (Marine...

As the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle makes its first operational deployment since completing a major mid-life refit, work is already under way to frame the fundamentals of a successor capability. Henri-Pierre Grolleau , Richard Scott , and Xavier Vavasseur examine French carrier aviation today and tomorrow

The French Navy’s (Marine Nationale’s) nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle departed Toulon in early March to begin a five-month operational deployment, dubbed Mission ‘Clemenceau’, at the head of Task Force (TF) 473. Coming just over six months after the ship completed an 18-month mid-life refit, the ‘Clemenceau’ deployment marks the start of the next chapter in Charles de Gaulle ’s already illustrious operational career.

Source: www.janes.com