French Naval Aviation Aeronavale Patch 23 F Flotille Atlantique
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French Naval Aviation Aeronavale Patch 23 F Flotille Atlantique

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French Naval Aviation Aeronavale Patch 23 F Flotille Patch Atlantique Maritime Patrol early 1980s Lann Bihoue Naval Base Velcro Embroidered on felt cut edge 95mm three and three quarter inches diameter.

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French Naval Aviation Aeronavale is the naval air arm of the French Navy. Aeronavale has four components namely the air complements of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle the Naval air patrol units the on-board ships helicopters and land based Support units. French Naval aviation operates from four airbases in France and several detachments in foreign countries or French overseas territories.

Operational squadrons are known as Flotilles and normal consist of 12 aircraft. Squadrons 1F Flotille to 10F are carrier based anti-submarine squadrons 11F to 20F are fighter and attack squadrons 21F to 30F are maritime patrol squadrons 31F to 39F are helicopter squadrons. Shore based training and transport flights are known as Escadrilles de Servitude and 1S Servitude to 19S are communications squadrons 20S to 29S are helicopters squadrons and 50S to 59S are training squadrons.

23 F Flotille based at Lann Bihoue in the late 1970s early 1980s equipped with Atlantique aircraft for ASW Anti Submarine Warfare Reconnaissance Maritime Patrol and SAR Search and Rescue. Deployed assets for a Pacific Detachment.

This patch dates from the early 1980s. 

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