Updated: Trio of Curious French Police Officers Accidentally Ship Out on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

December 22, 2016 3:06 PM - Updated: December 22, 2016 6:58 PM
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Dec. 15, 2016. US Navy Photo
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Dec. 15, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional details.

Three curious French police officers are facing disciplinary measures after accidentally shipping out on carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) when it left after a port visit to Marseilles on Tuesday.

The municipal police officers – who did not speak English– came aboard the carrier right before the ship left Marseille, France, a Navy official told USNI News on Thursday.

The officers were providing security for the carrier while it was in port and were credentialed to be aboard but not on duty and wanted a last minute tour, a second source told USNI News.

Unable to turn back to the pier, Ike’s crew had the officers leave on the harbor tug after about an hour aboard, the official told USNI News.

Caroline Pozmentier, a security assistant for the city of Marseille, “said that these policemen had ‘nothing to do on the aircraft carrier’,” read a translation of a report from the France Bleu Provence newspaper.
“She promised that the three agents ‘will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.’”

The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is returning after a seven-month deployment supporting the U.S.-led effort to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq. The strike group is due back at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. by the end of the month.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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