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APNS Yorktown and MN Charles de Gaulle

The APNS Yorktown (CVN-65) steams alongside the French aircraft carrier MN Charles De Gaulle (R91) on May 16th, 2001.

The Charles de Gaulle-class aircraft carriers are the flagships of the Marine Nationale, the first French nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. They are named after French statesmen General Charles de Gaulle and Cardinal Richelieu.


  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1999-
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 915 feet (278.89 meters)
    • Beam (Waterline): 111 feet (33.83 meters)
    • Beam (Flight Deck): 226 feet (68.89 meters)
    • Draft: 36 feet (10.97 meters)
    • Displacement: 41,800 tons (Standard); 46,400 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 2,760 (1,860 ship crew and 900 air crew)
  • Power: 225,000 shp (165 MW)
  • Propulsion: 2 x K-16 pressurised water reactors, turbo-electric drive, 4 x shafts
  • Range: Unlimited
  • Speed: 32.7 knots (60.56 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite
    • DRBJ-11B S-Band 3D Multifunction AESA RDF
    • DRBV-26D L-Band Air Search RDF
    • DRBV-15C Sea Tiger Mk2 S-Band Low Altitude Air Search RDF
    • DRBN-34A Navigation RDF
    • ARABEL X-Band Fire Control RDF
    • DIBV-2 Vampir IR Sensor
    • NRBP-20A Air Control RDF
  • Countermeasures
    • ARBG-2 MAIGRET Communications Interceptor
    • ARBR-21 RDF Detector
    • ARBB-33 RDF Jammer x 2
    • Sagaie Missile Decoy x 4
    • SLAT Torpedo Countermeasures Suite
  • Armament
    • 4 x 8-cell A-43 Sylver launchers carrying the MBDA Aster 15 surface to air missile.
    • 2 x 6-cell Sadral launchers carrying Mistral short range missiles
    • 8 x Giat 20F2 20mm cannons.
  • Aircraft Carried: 66 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters
    • 40 x Dassault Rafale M
    • 4 x Dassault Hirondelle (AEW Variant)
    • 6 x Dassault Hirondelle (ASW Variant)
    • 4 x Dassault Hirondelle (COD Variant)
    • 4 x SA.365 Dauphin (SAR Helicopter)
    • 4 x EC.725 Caracal (Transport Helicopter)
    • 4 x AS.532 Cougar (ASW Helicopter)
  • Aviation Facilities: 3 x 90-meter steam catapults

Unit RunEdit

  • MN Charles de Gaulle (R91)
  • MN Richelieu (R92)

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