Toulouse Branch Lecture - “French Carrier Air Group – Air Power at Sea” by Aymeric de Valence.
Brief summary of the lecture:
- The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle: characteristics, performance and capacities
- The french airwing: different squadrons, how do we function on board the ship
- Weapons and systems used
- Strengths and weaknesses of a battlegroup at sea
- Focus on current operations in Irak & Syria
- Landing on a ship: technique and procedures
Aymeric de Valence joined the French navy in 1995 as a 19 years old student pilot. He did his training mostly in the US Navy (flying T-2 Buckeye and A-A Skyhawk) and received his « wings of gold » in april 1999.
1999-2003: assigned to a Super-Etendard Squadron
2003-2006: Exchange Programm in the US Navy flying the F/A-18 Hornet
2006-2011: Back to Super-Etendard (Director of operations and Head of training)
2011-2013: Transitioned to Rafale, director of operations
2013-2015: Deputy commander of the french airwing
Aymeric ended up with the rank of Lieutenant commander, 4500 flying hours, 70 combat missions and 480 carrier landings. He is a « chevalier de la légion d’honneur » and was also given the « médaille de l’aéronautique ».