Enterprise-Based F/A-18s Hit Hard
For nine consecutive
days, aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 stationed
aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) provided support to
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops on the ground
as part of Operations Medusa and Enduring Freedom near Kandahar,
Coordinated with coalition air forces and ISAF troops on the
ground, Enterprise aircraft provided close air support for ISAF
troops encountering resistance from Taliban extremists in multiple
locations around Kandahar on September 9, 10 and 11.
F/A-18C Hornets from the "Knighthawks" of Strike Fighter
Squadron (VFA) 136, based in Virginia Beach, Va., and from the
"Sidewinders" of VFA-86, based in Beaufort, S.C., performed
strafing runs to destroy Taliban extremist fortifications west of
Kandahar Sept. 9.
In addition, "Sidewinder" Hornets expended both Guided Bomb Unit
(GBU) 12 and GBU-38 bombs against Taliban fortifications near
Kandahar. The GBU-12 is a general-purpose, laser-guided 500-pound
bomb. The GBU-38 is a general-purpose, Global Positioning System
(GPS) guided 500-pound bomb, also known as the Joint Direct Attack
Also on September 9, F/A-18F Super Hornets from the "Checkmates"
of VFA-211, based in Virginia Beach, Va., and Hornets from VFA-86
performed strafing runs against Taliban extremist forces northwest
On September 10, Super Hornets from VFA-211 were involved in
multiple bombing and strafing attacks in areas immediately east and
northwest of Kandahar, expending both GBU-12 and GBU-38 bombs
against insurgent buildings and safe houses. Hornets from VFA-136
struck insurgent buildings west of Kandahar.
Hornets from VFA-136 were also involved in attacks against
Taliban extremists September 11, executing strike missions against
known Taliban buildings located northwest of Kandahar.
Since their arrival in the northern Arabian Sea,
Enterprise-based aircraft have focused their efforts on providing
air power to support ISAF ground forces near Kandahar and have
flown more than 160 sorties and delivered more than 55 precision
weapons against Taliban extremists in support of Operations Medusa
and Enduring Freedom.