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Saturday, 28 July 2007

Rafale French Fighter Lands on USS Enterprise July 23, 2007
Rafale French Fighter Lands on USS Enterprise July 23, 2007

Two French Navy Rafale M aircraft have landed on a US aircraft carrier for the first time.

The Rafales arrived on the USS Enterprise in the Mediterranean Sea on 23 July, 2007.

US Ambassador to France Craig Stapleton commented on the significance of the occassion.

"Being that this is the first time a US aircraft carrier has been in France in six years it’s important, and also I believe it’s the first time French fighter pilots have been able to land onboard the deck of an American aircraft carrier, this is an important moment in US history,” said Stapleton.

Following the Rafales' visit, the aircraft were launched from the USS Enterprise and returned to their base.

During a Multi-National Maritime Exercise, back in May 2005, a Rafale M performed a touch down on the USS Eisenhower but did not perform a full "trapped" landing.

By Michael Targett - Flight International Magazine

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/07/26/215776/pictures-rafales-land-on-uss-enterprise.html

Pictures from Flight International C by Sirpa Marine

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

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Rafales Trap Aboard Big E
Story Number: NNS070725-01
Release Date: 7/25/2007 8:53:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jamica C. Johnson, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E) was a part of history July 23, when two French multi-role combat fighter Rafale M aircraft trapped and launched aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier for the first time.

More than 30 U.S. and French diplomats came aboard to witness the event, including Commander U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. John Stufflebeem, U.S. Ambassador to France Craig Stapleton, Chief of French Naval Staff Admiral Oudot de Dainville, and the CEO of Dassualt Aviation (builder of Rafale) Serge Dassualt.

According to Stapleton, this was a momentous occasion in cooperation between the U.S. and French navies.

“Being that this is the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has been in France in six years it’s important, and also I believe it’s the first time French fighter pilots have been able to land onboard the deck of an American aircraft carrier, this is an important moment in U.S. History,” said Stapleton.

After the Rafales landed, the fighter pilots and guests joined Carrier Strike Group 12/Enterprise Strike Group Commander Rear Adm. Daniel Holloway and Enterprise Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Horton in the flag mess for refreshments.

The distinguished visitors were given a tour of the Enterprise, as well as taking time out to talk with some of Big E’s flight deck and hangar bay crew.

This engagement was a large step for Enterprise and a step in the right direction for the Chief of Naval Operation’s vision of a “1,000-ship navy.”

“This certainly projected the importance of naval power and hopefully will increase cooperation between the French navy and the American Navy,” said Stapleton.

Enterprise is currently on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment as the flag ship for Carrier Strike Group 12.

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=30739

For more news from USS Enterprise, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.

http://www.defense.gouv.fr/marine/base/mediatheque/videos/rafale_sur_uss_enterprise

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/07/26/215776/pictures-rafales-land-on-uss-enterprise.html

 

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Description:   A French Rafale M combat aircraft performs a catapult-assisted launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
    
070723-N-6524M-004 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 23, 2007) - A French Rafale M combat aircraft performs a catapult-assisted launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The Rafale is the first French aircraft to both launch and recover on an American carrier. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Morris (RELEASED)
 
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Description:   Chief of French Naval Staff, Amiral Oudot de Dainville, observes a French Rafale M combat aircraft from the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.
  
070723-N-5928K-006 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 23, 2007) - Chief of French Naval Staff, Amiral Oudot de Dainville, observes a French Rafale M combat aircraft from the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle as it lands on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class N.C. Kaylor (RELEASED)
 
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Description:   A French Rafale M combat aircraft performs a catapult assisted launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
 
070723-N-6524M-003 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 23, 2007) - A French Rafale M combat aircraft performs a catapult assisted launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The two French Rafales are the first French aircraft to land and launch on an American carrier in six years. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Morris (RELEASED)
 
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Image:   070723-N-0916O-118.jpg


    
Description:   A French Rafale M combat aircraft from the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle lands on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
    
070723-N-0916O-118 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 23, 2007) - A French Rafale M combat aircraft from the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle lands on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Octavio N. Ortiz (RELEASED)
 

 



 
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