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USS George H.W. Bush Launches Anti-ISIS Strikes from Mediterranean

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Feb. 13, 2017. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Feb. 13, 2017. US Navy Photo

After a two-month gap, the U.S. Navy is again launching carrier-based strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria from the Mediterranean, the service announced on Monday.

Strike fighters from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) launched Monday against targets in Syria as part of the ongoing Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

“By defeating violent extremists in Iraq and Syria, we are simultaneously supporting two separate geographic combatant commands. We remain committed to defeating [ISIS], committed to our allies and partners, and committed to global security,” Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, said in a Navy statement.
The U.S. last launched carrier-based fighters on Dec. 12 from the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Bush Strike Group entered the Mediterranean on Feb. 2, 2017 and spent a few days at the U.S. naval base at Souda Bay, Greece before moving to launch sorties.

The 6,000 member CSG is embarked on Bush, guided missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG-58), USS Truxtun (DDG-103), guided missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) and USS Hue City (CG-66).

The strike group deployed with Carrier Air Wing 8, which includes Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 “Fighting Black Lions”; VFA-31 “Tomcatters”; VFA-87 “Golden Warriors”; VFA-37 “Ragin Bulls”; Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 “Lancers”; Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 “Bear Aces”; Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 “Spartans”; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 “Tridents”; and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 “Rawhides”.

 

  • Armed Infidel

    God’s Speed! Fair winds and Following seas to the Men and Women defending us yesterday, today and tomorrow.

  • Andre

    But I thought that Kuznetsov got the job done?

    • Corporatski Kittenbot 2.0

      I believe the Kutz sent its jets to investigate suspected ISIS activity on the sea-bed…..

      …. not sure how well that went.

  • Sharon Trester

    HSM-70 Spartans are a Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron not a Mine Countermeasure Squadron. Mine squadrons have a “HM” designator.

    • Sam LaGrone

      You’re right. We’ve amended.

      • Sharon Trester

        Thank You sir. My son is in that squadron.

  • DenyseP

    My son is on this ship, this mission. Fair winds and following seas to all the sailors aboard CVN77 — and all the US military everywhere keeping us safe.

  • D. Matsumoto

    We have a grandson on the George H. W. Bush Aircraft Carrier. We pray daily for him, the safety of the ship, and those doing operations, indeed, for all our military. May the planners exercise God’s wisdom, the missions be successful, and a healthy fear of the Lord be in us all.

    • Marathonrunner

      thank you and your grandson My own GS is also serving on the GHW Bush in HSC 9. God bless them all.

  • Caroline P. Jupp

    My nephew is on the air craft carrier we pray for his safety and safe return home in time for his moms marriage in September go navy