A ceremony was held on June 21, 2018 at Istres Air Base to celebrate the decommissioning of the Mirage 2000N fleet in the French Air Force.
First commissioned in April 1988 within the strategic air forces, the Mirage 2000N specialized in nuclear deterrence for thirty years. The bomber was equipped with the ASMP missile, followed by the ASMPA (improved air-to-surface medium-range missile), and was used in addition for a number of conventional missions during operations abroad.
In March 2018, the Mirage 2000N fleet returned from its last mission in the Sahel region of Africa to perform its farewell tour. The Mirage 2000N bombers will be replaced by Rafale fighters in the “La Fayette” 2/4 fighter squadron.
The farewell ceremony preceded the reading of the agenda by the General of the Air Corps Olivier Taprest, Major General of the Air Force. The Patrouille de France (French Acrobatic Patrol, the French Air Force aerobatic team), the Mirage 2000 Couteau Delta Tactical Display team and the Rafale Solo Display team took part in an air display to round out this memorable day.