Three curious French policemen will face disciplinary measures after accidentally shipping out on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier, when it left after a port visit to Marseilles on Tuesday.
Three Marseilles’ police officers will face disciplinary measures for an illegal infiltration on the board of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier, the US Naval Institute (USNI) reported, citing a security assistant for the city of Marseille, Caroline Pozmentier.
The curious policemen came aboard the carrier, being lost in members of the official delegation. A watchman at the staircases was unable to set apart the illegal passengers due to the language barrier – the municipal police officers did not speak English. As a result, the policemen remained on board of the vessel even when the aircraft carrier got under way and headed out of the harbor.
Soon, US mariners discovered the presence of the strangers. The Frenchmen were brought ashore by a boat, because of what the commencement of sea passage of the Eisenhower was delayed for an hour.
According to Pozmentier, “these policemen had nothing to do on the aircraft carrier.” She also promised that “the three agents will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.”
The Eisenhower is the leader of the 8th strike group, based in Norfolk, Virginia. The group is currently returning to the US after seven months of combat duty in the Mediterranean Sea.
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is the second ship in a series of nuclear aircraft carriers of the Nimitz-class. The deadweight of the ship is 97,000 tons, the length is 340 meters, and its crew consists of 3200 people. The vessel is capable to carry up to 90 aircraft and helicopters.