The last mission of French helicopter-carrier “Jeanne d’Arc” (2009-2010)
After forty-five years of sailing and after having travelled the equivalent of nine times the distance between the earth and the moon, the “Jeanne d’Arc” vessel went on its last half the globe journey between December 2009 and May 2010.
In the manner of a true floating embassy, this mythical helicopter-carrier was one of the last military steamboats to sail across the world’s oceans and seas. In the spirit of past major discoveries, the “Jeanne d’Arc” trained naval officers from France’s most prestigious navy school, Ecole Navale, in the art of sailing.
Fascinated by this legendary ship, I embarked as a photographer in order to document this journey, but also as a pilgrim paying homage to my father, who once was a navy officer on the “Jeanne”.