In order to deal with the uprisings in Libya, the U.N. Security Council decided to allow air-strikers against establish a no-fly zone in the nation to protect civilians from leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces. European and U.S. forces have unleashed many warplanes and cruise missile against Libyan targets under a solution of U.N Security Council. France has sent its fighter aircrafts to Libya to participate in Libyan operations. The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle left the southern French port of Toulon on Sunday will also arrive off the coast of Libya and provide the enforcers with a rapid-response capability. Here is some interesting information about this warship:
Charles de Gaulle (R91) is the tenth aircraft carrier and the first nuclear-powered surface vessel of France. The ship is named after French statesman and General Charles de Gaulle.
Built with 35,500 tones, Charles de Gaulle was the biggest warship to be launch in Western Europe since 1951
Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier has participated in many different activities with the United States Navy and the NATO allies
The ship also participated in patrol activities with United States Navy during the Indian-Pakistani crisis in 2002.
The ship is the largest European carrier which was built in 1986 and completed in May 1994. This carrier entered sea trials in 1999.
Total costs for this vessel is said to be about €3 billion at the time. The vessel is equipped with Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard, Dassault Rafale M and E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, modern electronics and Aster missiles.
Charles de Gaulle was sent to the Indian Ocean on November 21, 2001 in order to support Operation Enduring Freedom against Taliban-controlled Afghanistan
On March 20 2011, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle was sent to Libya, carrying a crew of about 1,800 members, some 20 aircraft, an attack submarine, several frigates and a refuelling ship