Charles de Gaulle sailed to the Mediterranean to join the battle of Mosul

2016/9/20 23:29

[Oan- follow-up]

Command Staff of the French army announced on Tuesday that the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle sailed toward the Middle East to participate in the restoration of the Iraqi city of Mosul of al Daesh campaign.

A spokesman for the General Staff Col. Patrick Steiger said that the ship "sailed from Toulon, southern France, on Monday evening, and continue their training before heading to the eastern Mediterranean," without providing further details.

The Steiger predicted earlier this month that "provides aircraft support for Iraqi forces carriers to restore the city of Mosul."

And it will contribute to "Charles de Gaulle" carrying 24 fighter aircraft "Rafale Marine" increase in air capacity allocated by France to combat militants by 3 fold, in addition to the 12 "Rafale" aircraft stationed in Jordan and the UAE.

Like the fall of 2015 the ship will be stationed in the eastern Mediterranean to be closer to Syria and Iraq.

France was sent a defender "Cesar" to the Iraqi army in preparation for an attack, an artillery batteries mounted on trucks and a range of up to 40 km.

This is the third time since January 2015, that "Charles de Gaulle" participate in the war against Daesh, and the task will be the last of the French aircraft carrier unique by a major maintenance operation for 18 months in early 2017.