Rafales to operate from USS George H.W. Bush

USNI News has learned from French officials that a contingent of French sailors and naval aviators will deploy aboard American carrier USS George H.W. Bush from April to May this year.

U.S. and French sailors refuel two French navy F1 Rafale aircraft assigned to the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during carrier qualification 140113-N-XL102-125
By MC2 Tyler Caswell [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Capt. Jean-Emmanuel Roux de Luze, French Naval Attaché to the U.S. said the aim of the attachment is beyond just carrier qualifications and cross-deck operations.

“We want to demonstrate our ability to integrate with U.S. military services,” Roux de Luze said. “We want to show we do maintenance, demonstrate we can load weapons.”

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