Flagship of the French Navy fleet It was put on repair in February last year. After completion of the modernization and reloading of nuclear fuel, the ship will need a few more months of repair work, which will be afloat. At the same time, in the fall of this year, Charles de Gaulle should go for testing, and next year will return to the arsenal of the fleet.
The aircraft carrier was launched in the 1994 year, and seven years later entered service with the French Navy. For more than fifteen years of combat service, his wing has repeatedly participated in international conflicts. The French Ministry of Defense believes that after repair and modernization, an aircraft carrier can be actively used for another twenty years.
Charles de Gaulle is the only aircraft carrier in the French Navy. Originally planned to build two of the same type of ships, but the construction of the second aircraft carrier was canceled due to the high cost of the lead ship. The length of Charles de Gaulle is 261 m, the displacement is 42 000 t. The Charles de Gaulle air wing has up to 40 aircraft (fighters, radio reconnaissance planes, helicopters), and the ship can carry a maximum of 100 aircraft. The crew of the aircraft carrier (including the wing) has about 2000 people, and another 800 paratroopers with armored vehicles can be placed on the inner decks.