French aircraft carrier sets sail for Indian ocean
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The French flagship Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier set sail on Wednesday on a four-month mission, codenamed Agapanthe 2010. The nuclear-powered vessel, France’s only serving aircraft, will help fight piracy in the Indian ocean and support Nato in Afghanistan.
It is the Charles de Gaulle’s fifth deployment in the India ocean. It was joined by an escort group including the Forbin destroyer, the Tourville anti-submarine frigate, the Améthyste attack submarine and the Meuse refuelling tanker.
There will also be training missions alongside forces from Saudi Arabia, India, Italy, Greece and the United Arab Emirates. Plus two stopovers at the French base in Djibouti.
A return to France is scheduled for February 2011.
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