A French Super-Etendard from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier French Navy Ship Charles de Gaulle (R 91) completes a touch-and-go on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis, as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, and Charles de Gaulle, the flagship of Commander, Task Force 473, are operating in the North Arabian Sea. Stennis and Charles de Gaulle are conducting bilateral exercises and supporting multi-national ground forces in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell (RELEASED)
Now, Murdoc’s not sure how close these usually are, but that tail end looks scary-close to the deck. Drop that hook and take part of the ship with ya:
Murdoc had thought that the Super-Etendards were retired from active (or at least front-line) duty with the French navy, replaced by the Rafale M. But not yet, obviously.