ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE, North Arabian SeaEarly in February, Lt. Jeremy Tyler was preparing to talk over the radio to an AV-8B Harrier Pilot.
Tyler, a British air controller serving aboard the French carrier Charles de Gaulle, figured he would need to brush up on his Italian, since the Harrier launched from the Italian carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi.
But the voice that crackled across the airwaves astounded him. A U.S. Marine was flying the jet.
"I thought I would get an Italian," said Tyler, marveling at the thought of a British officer aboard a French ship talking to an Italian Harrier flown by an American.