With “the Season” now underway, this seemed relevant.
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Dec. 24, 2019) A Sailor dressed as Santa Claus directs the launch of an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Pukin’ Dogs of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremiah Bartelt (Released)
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An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 fly-off. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas (Released) 141121-N-TE278-334
A relatively new squadron, the Maces were only stood up in 1967. Originally flying the A-7 Corsair II as VA-27, the Maces conducted over 4,000 combat sorties dropping it like its hot on the North Vietnamese while flying from Constellation and Enterprise on Yankee Station in the 1960s and 70s. Transitioning to the F/A-18A/C in 1991, they picked up the Strike Fighter monicker and used that early Hornet well over Iraq in OIF. They have been flying the much bigger E-model “Rhinos” since 2004.
An Islamic Republic of Iran Navy reconnaissance aircraft approaches a US Navy aircraft carrier and is escorted by US fighter jets over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Pictures are all taken by Iranian crew.
Captain John Eden Commander of Air Group on USS Abraham Lincoln flying his FA-18E Super Hornet while intercepting Iranian P3F