Launch! A Rafale M leaves the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (Image © Marine Nationale)

French Marine Rafales in cohesive war games

The French Navy put the spearhead of its military power out in the Mediterranean this week. A nuclear attack submarine, anti-submarine frigate Montcalm and air defense frigate Chevalier Paul formed around aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. The cream on top of this Task Force 473 were 12 Dassault Rafale M.

Landivisau Airbase’s 11F Squadron was one of the centre pieces in what is officially called the PEAN: Période d’Entraînement de l’Aéronautique Navale, or Training Period of Naval Aviation. Target is to test the operational qualification and cohesion of the air-maritime rapid reaction force. Area of conduct: a 150 miles (240 km) stretch of sea between Toulon and the island of Corsica.

Together with navy personnel on board the ships of TF 473 the Rafale Ms trained on anti-air, anti-ship, combat air rescue and air support missions. The PEAN period is concluded with an air and sea power projection on a simulated enemy, lasting two days.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by the Marine Nationale

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Launch! A Rafale M leaves the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (Image © Marine Nationale)
Launch! A Rafale M leaves the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (Image © Marine Nationale)