ISIS: de Gaulle carrier starts operation in Persian Gulf

Min. Le Drian awaited on board, first recognition Monday morning

23 February, 12:18

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, FEBRUARY 23 - France is deploying its most prestigious aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, in the coalition to fight the Islamic State, sources from the defense ministry announced Monday, adding that Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will personally visit the war ship to kick off operations.

    The first aircrafts will start taking off already on Monday morning from the ship in operations of surveillance and to gather data on the situation on the ground as well as to carry out raids in order to support the Iraqi army.

    The De Gaulle, which has been in the northern Persian Gulf for a few days, should remain in the area for four to eight weeks, and has 12 Rafale fighter jets, nine super Etendard and four helicopters. It is accompanied by a ''naval air group'' including air defense frigate Chevalier Paul, a refueling oil tanker, a British frigate for anti-submarine warfare and a nuclear-powered attack submarine.(ANSAmed).

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