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French carrier heads for refit

14th February 2017 - 13:15 GMT | by Victor Barreira in Istanbul

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The French Navy's aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) entered dry dock in Toulon on 8 February to undergo a major refit period.

This is the second such refit since the service's flagship was commissioned in May 2001.

The contract for the overhaul is worth an estimated €1.3 billion and was awarded to DCNS, which also built the ship. This will keep the ship out of operations for the next 18 months, but it will extend the carrier's life by 20 years.

The upgrade – called ATM 2 (2e Arrêt Technique Majeur) - was awarded by the French

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Victor M.S. Barreira is a Shephard correspondent, covering South American defence and security affairs.

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