US, French Navy Complete Historic ‘Chesapeake 2018’ Combined Exercise

As the Rafale Marine launched into the distant skyline becoming the last French aircraft to depart from aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Sailors on the deck celebrated a successful training operation and a job well done, concluding the historic combined exercise Chesapeake 2018. Chesapeake 2018 began in April at Naval Air Station Oceana and continued at sea, resulting in a full integration of the French navy air wing into a single, unified carrier air wing. The at-sea portion of the training lasted from May 7-18 and included…

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The French Connection: GHWBCSG Underway for Chesapeake 2018

The wing of a French Rafale Marine crests the horizon, on glidescope to be the first French navy (Marine Nationale) fighter jet to touch down as part of an historic combined flight operation aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) and French Carrier Air Wing (Groupe Aerien Embarque) departed Norfolk May 7 to begin combined exercise Chesapeake 2018. Marine Nationale sailors embarked Bush to conduct carrier qualifications (CQ). A CQ is a series of arrested landings and take-offs from…

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