USN C-2 Greyhound Makes Rare Landing Aboard FS Charles de Gaulle
Afforded the rare opportunity of landing aboard an allied carrier, crews from VRC-30 filmed their trap and subsequent catapult launch during a joint forces exercise.
The C-2 Greyhound, also known as a Carrier Onboard Delivery aircraft, or COD, is the largest aircraft currently operating from US Carriers. Now try landing such an aircraft aboard a carrier roughly 2/3rds the size of the US nuclear behemoths and you have a worthy challenge.
Onboard the COD was United States Army General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He toured the ship’s spaces, observed flight operations and met with French and U.S. military service members stationed aboard the ship, according to the Department of Defense.
Currently, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) are undergoing joint operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf. Each carrier is supporting aircraft from the opposite nation in an effort to train against future operations against ISIS.
Be sure to check out Ric Peterson's post from the deck of the Charles de Gaulle of an F-18 trap!