France on Sunday sent an aircraft carrier towards Libya as coalition forces continue their operations across the north African country.
The French Navy’s flagship Charles de Gaulle vessel set off from the southern naval port of Toulon just after 1pm local time.
There were 20 warplanes, a number of helicopters and two E-2 Hawkeye surveillance aircraft.
It was accompanied by an attack submarine, three frigates and a refuelling ship.
The coalition is primarily made up of armed forces from Britain, France and the United States.
Their strikes against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime follow a UN Security Council Resolution authorising the use of force.
Aircraft and naval vessels are also being sent by Canada, Qatar, Italy, Spain, Norway and Denmark.
Rome has also said the allies can use up to seven of its airbases.