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Jan 29, 2016

Aboard the Charles De Gaulle, aircraft carrier targeting the Islamic State

Aboard the Charles De Gaulle, aircraft carrier targeting the Islamic State

Charles de Gaulle is the flagship of the French Navy (Marine Nationale) and the largest western European warship currently in commission. She is the tenth French aircraft carrier, the first French nuclear-powered surface vessel, and the first and so far only nuclear-powered carrier completed outside of the United States Navy. She is named after French statesman and general Charles de Gaulle. Momentarily The aircraft carrier is participating in intensified airstrikes against Islamic State targets.

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French Rafale Marine fighter aircraft and Super Etendard Aircraft (SEM) are seen on flight deck of the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle which was involved in launching flight missions targeting the Islamic State, at Bahrain's Khalifa port HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS

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French Rafale Marine fighter aircrafts are seen on flight deck of the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle which was involved in launching flight missions targeting the Islamic State, at Bahrain's Khalifa port north of Manama, Bahrain HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS

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French sailors are seeing doing maintenance work on their Rafale Marine fighter aircraft in the hanger bay of the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle at Bahrain's Khalifa port north of Manama HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS

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A French sailor stands on captain's bridge of the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle which was involved in launching flight missions targeting the Islamic State, at Bahrain's Khalifa port north of Manama HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS

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French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives to visit France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on New Year's Eve, in Manama POOL/REUTERS

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French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian delivers a speech to the crew during a visit to France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on New Year's Eve, in Manama POOL/REUTERS

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A French Super Etendard fighter jet parked on the flight deck of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier is seen in Manama POOL/REUTERS

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A French Rafale fighter jet parked on the flight deck of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier is seen in Manama POOL/REUTERS

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A French Super Etendard fighter jet parked next to French Rafale fighter jets on the flight deck of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier is seen in Manama POOL/REUTERS

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French Rafale fighter jets parked on the flight deck of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier are seen in Manama POOL/REUTERS

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Planes are pictured on the flight deck of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in Abu Dhabi STRINGER/REUTERS

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Crew member walks near planes on the flight deck of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in Abu Dhabi STRINGER/REUTERS

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Planes are pictured on the flight deck of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in Abu Dhabi STRINGER/REUTERS

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Plane is pictured on the flight deck of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in Abu Dhabi STRINGER/REUTERS

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A sailor walks on the flight deck amongst Super Etendard fighter jets aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in Abu Dhabi PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A sailor poses on the flight deck amongst Rafale fighter jets aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in Abu Dhabi harbour PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A Rafale fighter jet is seen aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in Abu Dhabi harbour PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A sailor poses on the flight deck amongst Rafale fighter jets aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in Abu Dhabi harbour PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Crew prepare a Rafale fighter jet aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A yellow dog deck officer stands on the flight deck as a Rafale fighter jet takes off from France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A crew member pedals on an exercise bicycle in the hangar where Rafale fighter jets are parked aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A yellow dog flight deck officer signals to a Rafale fighter jet that prepares to taking off from France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A Rafale fighter jet after takes off from France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Technicians check a Rafale fighter jets parked in the hangar aboard the France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A Rafale fighter jet lands on the flight deck of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Technicians work on a Rafale fighter jet parked in the hangar aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A yellow dog deck officer watches as a Rafale fighter jet takes off from France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A yellow dog flight deck officer signals to a Rafale fighter jet that prepares to take off from France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Rafale fighter jets queue on the flight deck as they prepare to take off fromFrance's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A Rafale fighter jet is catapulted from the flight deck as it leaves on a mission from France's Charles de Gaulle Aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A Rafale fighter jet is catapulted from the flight deck as it leaves on a mission from France's Charles de Gaulle Aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A yellow dog deck officer signals to a Rafale fighter jet after it landed, aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A yellow dog deck officer signals to as a Rafale fighter jet taking off from France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A lieutenant observes Rafale fighter jet movements from the command post aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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An aerial view of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier as it makes its way in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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An aerial view of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier as it makes its way in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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An aerial view of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier as it makes its way in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Red jacket ordnance crew place bombs under a Rafale fighter jet aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on mission in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Red jacket ordnance crew place bombs under a Rafale fighter jet aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on mission in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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An aerial view of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier as it makes its way in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Rafale fighter jets, Super Etendards and a E2C Hawkye ready to take off aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier sailing in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Red jacket ordnance crew place bombs under a Rafale fighter jet aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on mission in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Rafale fighter jets and Super Etendards are seen on the flight deck as they are prepared to take off aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier as it continues its mission in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A Rafale fighter jet prepares to take off aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier sailing in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Rafale fighter jets, Super Etendards and a E2C Hawkye are seen aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier sailing in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Rafale fighter jets and Super Etendards ready to take off aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier sailing in the Persian Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A pilot walks past a Rafale fighter jet prior to a mission aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier sailing in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A Super Etendard prepares for a catapult take off from France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on mission in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Super Etendard fighter jets dump fuel after a mission, before landing on France's flagship Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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A Super Etendard fighter jet, with its hook extended after it missed its cable arrest landing, flies above the deck of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier as it returns from a mission in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Rafale and Super Etendards fighter jets are parked following their mission aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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Rafale and Super Etendards fighter jets are parked prior to a mission aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier sailing in the Gulf PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS

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