The Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier was constructed by Naval Group and launched in 1994. To this day, it is the only nuclear-powered carrier built outside of the United States Navy. Naval Group also conducts all its maintenance, including major overhauls called Major Technical Shutdowns. The first MTS was done in 2007 and the next is scheduled for 2017.
Naval Group will have just 18 months to conduct Major Technical Shutdown No. 2. To help you understand the scale of the challenge that lies ahead, we let the numbers do the talking. They show why it is destined to remain the most sophisticated, highest performance warship ever built in Europe.