French Navy Carrier Air Wing

The airborne group  (Gaé) on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle  is formed from the units assigned to the naval aviation bases of Landivisiau  (Finistère) and Lann-Bihoué  (Morbihan).

It’s made of:

  • 2 Fighting Flotillas ( 11F , 17F )
  • From an interception flotilla ( 12F )
  • From an Air Watch Fleet ( 4F )
  • Training and Mission Preparation Training Center (CEIPM).

These fleets participate in missions of deterrence, projection of power and control of the air-sea space.

Each mission corresponds to a type of aircraft:

  • The Modernized Super-Standard   (11F, 17F) assists in assault missions against naval and land targets, tactical land or sea reconnaissance, and nuclear deterrence
  • The E-2C Hawkeye  (4F Air Watch) specializes in naval security, flying control and assault guidance against naval and land targets
  • The Rafale1  (12F) performs air superiority missions.

The Gaé  also includes a rescue helicopter detachment and liaison Dauphin  Pedro  from the 35F . 
 It is eventually reinforced by helicopter detachments from other armies (land and air) or other nations.

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