French Carrier

John Hall
Thu, 25 Apr 2002 14:27:45 -0700

The Charles de Gaulle has less than half the displacement of a Nimitz
carrier, and it has half the air wing filled with less capable aircraft.

The Charles de Gaulle is a formidable platform as long as its enemy
isn't the US Navy.

It remains afloat only at the sufferenance of the US Navy.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf Of
> Harley
> Actually, as is quite well known, there is one aircraft carrier
> roughly comparable to the US's Nimitz class: France's Charles de
> Gaulle.  It is alone with the US's big carriers in combining nuclear
> propulsion, modern equipment, size and runway length for dozens of
> conventional warplanes, several years autonomy etc, even if it is half
> the size.