French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle Charles de Gaulle is the flagship of the French Navy (Marine Nationale).
The ship is the tenth French aircraft carrier, the first French nuclear-powered surface vessel. Furthermore, with a cost of over $3 Billion, the French spared no expense. However, problems persist. Not, Admiral Kuznetsov problems, but issues.
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Furthermore, the only nuclear-powered carrier completed outside of the United States Navy.
She is named after French statesman and general Charles de Gaulle.
Her complement includes Dassault Rafale M and E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. In addition, AS365F Dauphin Pedro, EC725 Caracal and AS532 Cougar helicopters for combat search and rescue, as well as modern electronics and Aster missiles.
Moreover, she is a CATOBAR-type carrier that uses two 75 m C13‑3 steam catapults.
These catapults are a shorter version of the catapult system installed in the U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, one catapult at the bow and one across the front of the landing area.
Experienced US catapult operators helped train the French carrier’s catapult crew.
The French used nuclear submarine reactors rather than designing new ones.
In addition, major propeller faults occur at high speeds and as a result, 27 knots is her full speed, the slowest carrier in the world.
Furthermore, her flight deck was too short for her intended plane. 12ft too short to allow for safe take-off and landing by its complement of 40 combat and Awacs spotter planes. According to A French armed forces spokesman. “In bad weather they will be able to land, but they would find themselves at the very end of the deck. That’s not a very healthy situation.”
Like their battleships which had benches for the soldiers.
De Gaulle has furnished canteens, wardrooms and gyms might have been designed for a cruise ship.
Currently, Charles de Gaulle is the only non-American carrier-vessel that has a catapult launch system. As a result, has allowed for operation of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and C-2 Greyhounds of the US Navy.