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Jeanne D’Arc (R97)

The French helicopter carrier Jeanne D’Arc (R97), accompanied by the destroyer Georges Leygues (D640) started a visit on 19th April 2002. On board were four French Army Air Corps helicopters, two Westland/Aerospatialle Pumas and two Gazelles, all with Armee de Terre titles.

One Puma, C-ZP, c/n 1634, was in a sand and tan camouflage, whilst the second one, C-ZC, c/n 1239, was in green and earth, and also had a radar nose.


AIRCRAFT SERIAL SQUADRON NOTES
A. Gazelle C-KS 1st Regiment of Combat Helicopters In green and earth camouflage, c/n 4054. Based at Phalsbourg. Carried “Armee de Terre” titles.
A. Gazelle C-XF 1st Regiment of Combat Helicopters In green and earth camouflage, c/n 4060. Based at Phalsbourg. Carried “Armee de Terre” titles.
A. Puma C-ZC 1st Regiment of Combat Helicopters c/n 1239, green and earth camouflage, and radar nose. Carried “Armee de Terre” titles.
A. Puma C-ZP 1st Regiment of Combat Helicopters c/n 1634, sand and tan camouflage. Carried “Armee de Terre” titles.
Sud-Aviation 319B Aleuettes 302   c/n 2302. Carried ‘Marine’ titles.
Sud-Aviation 319B Aleuettes 314   c/n 2314. Carried ‘Marine’ titles.


        
 


Individual aircraft

This list now includes land based aircraft.

        
 
AIRCRAFT SERIAL SHIP/SQUADRON NOTES
Dauphin 507 FNS Surcouf Seen at Luqa on 10.03.20. Ship entered harbour on the 12th.
Lynx 810 FS Dupleix Ship entered harbour on 08.05.14. Helicopter, using c/a FNY 5502, arrived at Park 7, conducted pilot training, before returning to the ship.
AS565 Panther 452 FNS Aeon Noted on 11.11.20. Ship sailed from Malta on the 13th.
AS565 Panther 506 FS Forbin Ship entered harbour on 03.12.15. Helicopter landed at MIA on the 8th on a medevac mission.
AS-565SA Panther 511 Aconit Entry into harbour by the Corvete unknown, but photographed on 26.04.22. Departed on the 30th. Helicopter took off from the ship as it departed harbour, making a flight round the Maltese Islands, and two flybys on runway 05/23.
AS.565MA Panther 522 Jean Bart D615 Noted on board ship on 17.03.06.
Dassault Flamant 311 Noted being readied for departure at Luqa on 23.05.69. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Douglas C-54 58 Arrived at Luqa on 26.10.68. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
Embraer EMB-121AN Xingu 67   Arrived on 23.04.22 with two other air force examples.

(Aircraft information courtesy of John Visanich, from his Malta Airport Movements Facebook page.)
L. P-2 Neptune 134650 Noted at Luqa on 08.11.67. This version didn’t have the additional jet engines. Aircraft was in overall dark blue colours. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
L. P2V-7 Neptune 146433 Noted departing Luqa on 28.07.71. (Aircraft information courtesy of Godfrey Mangion, from his Aviation MT Facebook page.)
L. P2V-7 Neptune 148336 Noted departing on 14.07.71.

(Aircraft information courtesy of John Visanich, from his Malta Airport Movements Facebook page.)
NHI NH-90 06   c/n 1163. Frigate entered harbour on 26.06.22 departing on 01.07.22. Helicopter made a flight around Malta and two T&G’s (touch & go’s), c/s FNY 5664, prior to returning to the ship before the ship’s berthing.
NHI NH-90 24 Languedoc c/n 1395. Noted on 24.09.22, c/s FNY5663.
        
 
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