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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Defense Official: French Carrier Enters Persian Gulf, ISIS Strike Missions Could Start Soon

FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) has entered the Persian Gulf and could soon start strike missions against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) fighters, defense officials told USNI News on Friday.

The ship entered crossed the Strait of Hormuz and entered the region on Feb. 15 after completing operations in the Gulf of Aden and is set to join USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in conducting airstrikes.

“They’re in the [Persian] Gulf,” a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) told USNI News on Friday. “They haven’t gone operational yet but they probably will soon.”

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