France sends aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle to Libya

France's Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier leaves the port Toulon, France 20 March 2011, for Libya.

France on Sunday sent an aircraft carrier towards Libya as coalition forces continue their operations across the north African country.  The French Navy’s flagship Charles de Gaulle vessel set off from the southern naval port of Toulon just after 1pm local time.  There were 20 warplanes, a number of helicopters and two E-2 Hawkeye surveillance aircraft.

It was accompanied by an attack submarine, three frigates and a refuelling ship.  The coalition is primarily made up of armed forces from Britain, France and the United States.  Their strikes against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime follow a UN Security Council Resolution authorizing the use of force.

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