Paris: France said that they would deploy its only aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle to boost its military operations against Islamic State.
France’s only aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, is the biggest European ship of its type. Moreover, it is the only nuclear-powered aircraft carrier outside the US. The Charles de Gaulle can deploy up to 40 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.
“The deployment of the battle group alongside the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has been decided to participate in operations against ISIS and its affiliate groups” the French president’s office said in a statement issued on Thursday after a defense cabinet meeting.
The aircraft carrier will enable us to be more efficient in coordination with our allies, officials said. It will “bolster Paris’ firepower in the region amid international efforts to launch Syrian peace talks.
President Hollande also said France wants to support the Vienna process and to make progress towards a political transition in Syria, the statement says. He added that fighting Islamic State and putting an end to the bombing of civilians must be core elements in any future accord.