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Aboard the Charles de Gaulle

Abbas is granted access to the flagship vessel of the French Navy

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Abbas Rafale Marine jet fighters on deck at sunrise aboard the aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas A technician stands in front of Rafale Marine jet fighters on deck at sunrise aboard the aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas Armament personnel carry a rocket on deck aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas Preparations to catapult a Rafale Marine jet fighter aboard the aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas Preparations to catapult a Rafale Marine jet fighter aboard the aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas A Rafale Marine jetfighter is catapulted off the deck, aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas TV cameramen film a Rafale Marine jet fighter, which is about to land on deck, aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas A technician on deck wearing protective gear, aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas A fireman on duty on deck aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas Sailors clean up the hangar where a Hawkeye radar plane is stationed aboard the aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas Insignias of a Rafale Marine jet fighter pilot. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas Mechanics at work on a Rafale Marine jet fighter in the hangar, aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas A Hawkeye radar plane takes off on the deck of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos
Abbas A Rafale Marine jet fighter that is about to land on deck, aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Eastern Mediterranean. December 9, 2016. © Abbas | Magnum Photos

At the end of 2016, the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which had been deployed since September 2016 off the Syrian coast, concluded its latest campaign in the battle against IS in Iraq and Syria, and returned to its base in Toulon. Its squadron of 24 Marine Rafale jets was supporting the international coalition against Islamic State through airstrikes and reconnaissance missions with its two Hawkeye radar planes. The carrier is the flagship of the French Navy (Marine Nationale) and the largest western European warship currently in commission. She is the only nuclear-powered carrier outside of the United States Navy. Magnum’s Abbas captured the jets as they stopped aboard the carrier in the Eastern Mediterranean.