VRC 40 Support FS Charles De Gaulle

DEPLOIEMENT DU GROUPE AERONAVAL EN MISSION ARROMANCHES 2

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adelola O. Tinubu,
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

Aircraft assigned to the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group provided logistics support to French aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91) Jan. 29.

C-2A Greyhounds, assigned to the “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40, conducted carrier qualifications in early January in preparation for the carrier onboard deliveries (COD) to Charles De Gaulle. These logistics support operations showcase the interoperability of U.S. and French assets unified under U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Task Force (CTF) 50.

“The logistics missions not only support Charles De Gaulle, but also increase the coalition’s war fighting capabilities in support of Operation Inherent Resolve,” said Lt. Cmdr. Duane Bogatko, VRC 40 detachment officer-in-charge.

In 2014, French ships, including Charles De Gaulle, and the Truman executed five weeks of combined carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

French Navy Capt. Jerome Origny, a liaison officer assigned to aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), said the CODs support Charles De Gaulle’s needs such as replenishing critical parts for helicopters.

“The CODs become very useful in these instances because they decrease the duration of delivery time,” said Origny.

The alliance between the two nations demonstrates a shared commitment to regional security and amplifies the interoperability of the partner’s maritime capabilities.

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

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