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A joint show of force in the Persian Gulf

Petty Officer 2nd Class Shane Hempfield, a boatswain's Mate, signals the pilot of a French Air Forces Caracal helicopter to launch from the flight deck of the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto Jan. 21, 2014 . Preston Paglinawan/Courtesy of U.S. Navy

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 9, 2014

For five weeks, U.S. and French ships operated together in the Gulf of Oman, in the Northern Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf, conducting joint flight operations, combat search and rescue training and exercises in boarding, live-fire gunnery and air defense.

As part of the combined operations, U.S. F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets landed on and conducted operations from the Charles de Gaulle, and French aircraft landed and launched from the USS Truman.

Two F1 Rafales, attached to the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, refuel on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman during carrier qualification integration Jan. 13, 2014, in the Persian Gulf.
Tyler Caswell/ Courtesy of U.S. Navy

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