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Charles de Gaulle -13 by andrielisilien Charles de Gaulle -13 by andrielisilien
Alrighty, this is going to be the most recent/current military invention Iíve ever done. France gets the spotlight this time!

In the 1970s France had the desire to replace two of his old faithful aircraft carriers, Foch and Clemenceau, with another one larger and more magnificent. Titles for the carrier were passed around until the name of the WW2 General and former president was settled; Charles de Gaulle. The carrier was to be 858 feet long, weigh 40,000 tons, contain new and improved technology and be nuclear powered.

Truly this was going to be the next best thing! :iconfrenchsquealplz:

This marvelous addition to the French Navy commenced in 1986 and many hopes were high. Then everything started to go downhill when 1990 hit with the economic recession. It was one nightmare after another.

- France ran out of money for the project, postponing it about 4x within the next 5 years.
- The company producing the propellers made them incorrectly and then went out of business before refitting could be doneÖ and the documents of the design were lost in a fire.
- The new and improved engine became fried after exposure to radiation because it wasnít installed properly.
- After the deck was made it was then discovered that it couldnít be used to defend the ship.

It sounds like this project had too much money poured into it to scrap. The ship does function, just not at an impressive speed (27 knots). Currently it is in use and is the only aircraft carrier that France has and itís not even a ďfullĒ one at that. :lol: This creates another problem as France is suppose to have two carriers in his navy. So guess which neighbor heís asking to share?

With all this in account I do feel sorry for France. It appears that fate does not have any favors towards him. :iconfrancetantrumplz: I also feel sorry for the shipís namesake who had no say in the matter because he died before it was conceived.
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Inkywincy Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Sgksdhkjhsdkjvhjksvhoj De Gaulle *rages*
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elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xD France...life seems to frown upon you regularly.
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HanaFa732 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Chibi England is so cute! Move aside France, I wanna hug him.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
get in line :lol:
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HanaFa732 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Flashes shaving razor* Make me!
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Le boo." XDDD Poor guy. I guess there's just no accounting for incompetence within the ranks. :XD:
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
That line cracks me up every time :rofl: I love saying it!!
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amazon211 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
France tried so hard to get a new carrier, but oh well. At least he gets to share with Angleterre.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
He did try, bless him. Sharing is a cute idea, no? :D
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Talon-Heartless Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw... poor France. Feeling sorry for him, but that's actually quite witty.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I have to admire his spirit... and that's it. :D
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Willsormiston Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Hehe. I remember this being all over the news. We're actually considering letting them use it because while our first carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be complete in 2017, we will have absolutely no planes for them as we scrapped our beloved Harriers and the Lightning II won't be ready until 2023 at the earliest.

There is a bright side to it though. The UK and France signed a cooperation treaty in 2011 and once the carriers (and aircraft) are finally completed in the 2020s, Britain and France will have an integrated carrier fleet. Quite handy as that would make a combined fleet of 4 supercarriers (5 if France builds it's next design). This is more or less supposed to make us feel more useful in the shadow of -ten- carriers in the US navy.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I've read about both the bad and good and it's quite amusing. One critic called the idea of sharing, "cute but impractical." :lol:

I suppose I should make the announcement that these comics will be winding down and this volume will be the last. :( sorry for the bad news.
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Willsormiston Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Aw. Well, I understand of course! You've been doing these a while and they can only go for so long. You'll be sticking around though, won't you?
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Of course! :D I was here long before I did those comics. There is more to my art than Hetalia, even though it doesn't seem so recently ^^;
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Willsormiston Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Great to see your comics again by the way!! I missed them.
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PictishWarlord13 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
It's hit and miss with ship names. The HMS Victory led Adm. Nelson to victory and is now a floating museum, and the HMS Invincible... wasn't so invincible.

Another wonderful comic. I found a book called "The World's Worst Weapons" by Martin Dougherty. It has many of the ones you've drawn about (and my personal favorite, the "Davy Crockett" Nuclear Bazooka).
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I think you are right when it comes to naming ships. haha!

I haven't heard of that book. :eager: I'm going to look it up!!
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MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist
What is with all of these crazy oversized designs!? I can already predict England's response.

"Why should I take care of that ruddy-ruddered floating slab of concrete? And what's the need to have it so big? Are you hoping to replace the Chunnel, or have you just been looking too much into Germany and Russia's notes? That's the same mistake Spain made when he tried to beat me with his armada!"

Spain: Tiene razůn.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
"ruddy-ruddered"? I had to read that out loud. :laughing:
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MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Another thing I noticed, when you draw them all chibi, they tend to look like they're wearing rompers. In which England resembles a little boy looking up from his toy boats.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Part of that is I'm too lazy to add details of clothing and I think it looks cute. :aww: That was the look I was going for so spot on!
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MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Yay! :dummy:
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