Charles de Gaulle Conducts First Arabian Gulf Missions Against ISIL As
Charles de Gaulle Conducts First Arabian Gulf
Missions Against ISIL As CTF 50
By Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public
Arabian Gulf – (NNS)
– December 20, 2015 – The French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) conducted its first
missions against ISIL from the Arabian Gulf as the flagship for Commander Task
Force (CTF) 50 on Dec. 20.
In a move that demonstrates the interoperability and partnership between the
naval forces of the U.S. and France, the French Navy is leading carrier-based
naval strike operations for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) - the fight to
degrade and ultimately destroy the ISIL terrorist organization.
A French Rafale Marine aircraft takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft
carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91)
French Rear Adm. Rene-Jean Crignola, aboard Charles de Gaulle, assumed command
of CTF 50 Dec. 7 after entering the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO).
This marks the first time the French Navy has served as commander of a U.S. task
force in this region. CTF 50 plans and conducts coalition strike operations in
the Middle East and reports directly to Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central
The carrier and embarked air wing, along with the other ships in her battle
group, will support operations over Iraq and Syria. She will also provide a
range of flexible and adaptable capabilities to perform theater security
cooperation efforts and maritime security operations aimed at increasing the
French Navy's interoperability with allies in the region.
The battle group left its homeport of Toulon, France, Nov. 18.
Escorting Charles de Gaulle are the French air defense destroyer Chevalier Paul
(D621); the French anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet (D645); the Belgian
anti-submarine frigate Leopold Ier (F930); the German anti-submarine frigate
Augsburg (F213); and the French command and supply ship Marne (A630).
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command is responsible for approximately 2.5 million
square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea,
Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. NAVCENT's mission is to conduct maritime security
operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and strengthen partner
nation's maritime capabilities in order to promote security and stability in the
U.S. 5th Fleet AOO.
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