The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group began dual-carrier flight operations with the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group in the Persian Gulf.
The U.S. Navy say here that dual carrier operations between the two strike groups demonstrates the combined military capability fostered by the U.S. Navy as it has worked alongside the French Navy for many years.
“The IKE and Charles de Gaulle share a special place in history – both namesakes worked together to fight for liberty and as leaders of their respective countries both worked to ensure peace and stability,” said Rear Adm. Scott F. Robertson, Commander Carrier Strike Group TWO and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s (NAVCENT) Task Group 50.2.
“Now, more than 70 years later, the spirit of friendship and service lives on in the men and woman who work aboard both aircraft carriers. Our combined forces provide security and stability but also highlight that we are stronger when we work together to promote a safe maritime environment.”
Deploying ships and aircraft of the IKE CSG include flagship USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, cruiser USS Monterey, destroyers USS Mitscher, USS Laboon, USS Mahan and USS Thomas Hudner plus the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 3.
Deploying ships of the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group include flagship FS Charles de Gaulle, frigates FS Chevalier Paul and FS Provence plus replenishment tanker FS Var.