The only aircraft carrier in the French Navy’s fleet, the Charles de Gaulle, will leave for the Persian Gulf on November 18, to join the fight against Islamic State in the region, Paris has confirmed.
“The naval group will leave Toulon (a major French naval base) in a few days, on November 18, to arrive in the Persian Gulf in mid-December,” government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said, as cited by Le Figaro.An excerpt from, "France to deploy aircraft carrier to strike 'Islamic State'" DW, November 5, 2015:
France announced the deployment of its only aircraft carrier against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) on November 5.
France will deploy the nuclear-powered Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to fight the "Islamic State," adding to six Rafaele jets in the United Arab Emirates and six Mirage jets in Jordan.The headline of the article above should read, "to support Islamic State" because that is exactly what France, Turkey, England, US, and other NATO nations have done in Syria since 2011.
The flagship of the French navy last deployed to the Persian Gulf for two months in February, from where about 20 aircraft launched 10 to 15 sorties per day. It is usually accompanied by a carrier group, including submarines, frigates and support ships.
The aircraft carrier's deployment will be the first since France started launching airstrikes on the "Islamic State" in Syria in October. France has carried out nearly 1,300 missions in Iraq, hitting 459 targets in 271 airstrikes. It has carried out only two airstrikes in Syria.