Flottille 4F

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4 Flotille
Country France
Branch French Naval Aviation
Base Aéronavale Lann Bihoué
Equipment Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye

A E-2C Hawkeye in 2004

4 Flotille (abbreviated to 4F) is a French Aeronavale aircraft squadron based at Base Aéronavale de Lann Bihoué and equipped with three Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, these aircraft are operated from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

Post-war history[edit]

A TBM-3E in the 1950s

The squadron was formed in July 1944 to operate the Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber, it converted to the Grumman TBM-3E Avenger in October 1953.[1] In 1959 the squadron re-equipped with the Breguet Alizé carrier-based anti-submarine aircraft, the squadron operated these aircraft until 1997.[1]

Flotille 4F was re-formed on 10 March 2000 to operate three Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye carried-based airborne early warning aircraft.


  1. ^ a b Jackson 1979, p. 78
  • Jackson, Paul A. (1979). French Military Aviation. Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0 90459718 0.