Charles de Gaulle in Cyprus

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R-91) docked at Limassol today for a five day port call

France says the presence of its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in Limassol symbolises the close relationship between Paris and Cyprus as European Union partners. It will remain in port until February 26 and will be visited by President Nicos Anastasiades tomorrow.

French aircraft carrier group including Charles de Gaulle, French supply ship Var (A608) and Greek navy frigate Psara (F-454) will be docked at Limassol until 26 February, while the multi-mission Frigate Auvergne (D-654) will dock in Larnaca.

The on-board air group comprises 20 Rafale Marine, 2 E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, 1 Marine Cayman helicopter (NH90) and 2 Dauphin Pedro ( AS-365F ) helicopters.

During its presence in the vicinity of Cyprus, the French aircraft carrier group has been conducting several exercises with the Cypriot National Guard.

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