Navy Rafale Pilot Ejects At Sea during joint training with US Navy
July 2nd 2012 off the Spanish coast in the Mediterranean, during air
combat training with an F18 fighter from aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower,
the pilot of a Rafale fighter belonging to "Flotille 12F"
operating from French nuclear powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle
had to eject.
He was recovered by a U.S. Navy helicopter and was transferred aboard
the French aircraft carrier where he received first care by the medical
An investigation was opened to determine the circumstances and causes
of this accident.
Aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and her escort left Toulon on May
30, for a training deployment in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, which
ends July 5, 2012.
French Navy F-2 Rafale M and US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft
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USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- While conducting
coalition training in the Mediterranean Sea July 2, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
(CVN 69) received a call of a downed French aircraft operating from
the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91).
Upon notification, a Carrier Airwing 7 airborne helicopter from Helicopter
Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 5, embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower,
was dispatched to provide rescue and assistance.
Once HS-5 arrived at the scene, they retrieved and transported the
pilot to the Charles de Gaulle for medical treatment.
Sources: French Navy and US Navy