Navy F/A-18s Hit Islamic State Targets

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dubai - (PanOrient News) Two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing 8 embarked on USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) struck the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets near Erbil, Iraq, Aug. 8, U.S. Navy said in a release noting that Bush is operating in the Arabian Gulf on a scheduled deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet.

The F/A-18s dropped 500 pound laser-guided bombs against ISIL artillery targets. Carrier Air Wing 8 aircraft assigned to the Bush carrier strike group include the "Golden Warriors" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 (F/A-18); "Valions" of VFA-15 (F/A-18); "Fighting Black Lions" of VFA-213 (F/A-18E/F); "Tomcatters" of VFA-31 (F/A-18E); "Bear Aces" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 (E-2C Hawkeye); "Garudas" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 (EA-18G); "Tridents" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 (MH-60S); "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 (C-2A); and the "Spartans" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 (SH-60B/MH-60R).

PHOTO: (Arabian Gulf. Aug. 7, 2014) Sailors make final inspections on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Margaret Keith)

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