November 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, is aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle where he will spend the night, a first for a President of the Republic. The aircraft carrier has completed the test phase, completing the mid-life redesign work that has restored 20 years of potential, putting it at the best operational standard. He is currently undergoing an operational training period off Toulon, to be fit for any mission in early 2019.
Welcomed by the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General François Lecointre and the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral Christophe Prazuck, the President of the Republic was presents the operational capabilities of Charles de Gaulle and his carrier group, which contribute to all strategic functions: protection of our approaches and areas of interest, knowledge-anticipation through intelligence gathering, prevention missions, intervention by the projection of power and finally deterrence by the implementation of the naval air force (FANU). A leading strategic tool, it federates around him many allied and especially European means.
The president then made a point of meeting the seamen who practice on various trades, from the fighter pilot to the bakers to the atomicists and the electronic engineers of weapons …. He has, in particular, witnessed the landing on the ship. flight deck from the landing deck and then spoke with the pilots who had just landed. He has extended these exchanges with sailors recently engaged in the fight against Daesh in the Levant, especially during the three deployments of Charles de Gaulle in the area.
Accompanied by its carrier group, the aircraft carrier will return on mission in 2019, to visit the Indian Ocean, an area of strategic interest for France.