Operation Inherent Resolve Deployment Returns to France

May 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – An Atlantic 2 detachment , deployed since February at the proposed air base (BAP) in the Levant, completed its mission on May 6th. Two aircraft succeeded on the BAP totaling 23 reconnaissance and surveillance missions and more than 200 hours of flight. Atlantic 2 contributed to the intelligence component of the operation. Usually dedicated to maritime missions, and in particular anti-submarine warfare, this maritime patrol aircraft is perfectly suited to ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) missions whose objective in this theater is to detect…

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Blue Blasters Hornet Sundown Ceremony Marks the End of an Era

February 2, 2019 – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 hosted a sundown ceremony and fly-over for the legacy F/A-18C Hornet aircraft at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 1. Active duty service members, aviation leadership, local media and visitors were in attendance to commemorate the aircraft’s 35 years of active service in the fleet. “Today our VFA-34 family and the operational farewells an old friend,” said Cmdr. William Mathis, commanding officer of VFA-34. “Born more than 40 years ago, the Hornet entered operational service for the U.S.…

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Nimitz Plays Vital Role in Operation Inherent Resolve

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) has performed a vital role in Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) since July 25, having launched 1,322 sorties and dropping 903 pieces of ordnance in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Throughout more than three months of operations in the region, the ship and its crew have worked hard supporting the mission by building 1,112 pieces of ordnance and working day and night on the flight deck. It’s a team effort by the entire crew, air wing and embarked staffs aboard the ship. “Carrier Strike Group…

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