Lorient South Brittany Airport or Aéroport de Lorient Bretagne Sud (IATA: LRT, ICAO: LFRH), also known as Lorient-Lann-Bihoué Airport, is the airport serving the city of Lorient. It is situated 5 km west-northwest of Lorient, a commune of the Morbihandépartement in the Brittanyregion of France. The airport is comparatively large, 3 km by 3 km, which is due to its being built during the Second World War to support German submarine operations from the nearby base in Lorient.
It is also known as Lann Bihoue Naval Air Base (Base Aéronavale de Lann Bihoué) and is one of the French Naval Aviation bases, currently hosting:
Two combat squadrons (flottilles) (11F, 17F) equipped with Dassault Rafale M aircraft, suitable to fly naval and land combat and recce missions and nuclear deterrence missions
One interception squadron (12F) equipped with Dassault Rafale M aircraft, assuring air superiority
One airborne radar squadron (4F) equipped with Grumman E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, to secure the skies over the fleet and to control air-traffic
One training/mission preparation unit
These units also form the airwing which is assigned to the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.