Tue, Dec 02, 2003
A strike fighter aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, flying
from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65)
in the North Arabian Gulf, attacked enemy troops engaging coalition
forces with mortar fire near Baqubah, Iraq, Nov. 28, in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
One Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 86 F/A-18 Hornet strike
fighter from Enterprise’s embarked Carrier Air Wing 1 dropped
a 1,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) in the attack,
striking the enemy position.
This strike was the carrier’s third use of
precision-guided munitions in the past two weeks.
Enterprise deployed with three Hornet squadrons, one of which is
the “Sidewinders” of VFA-86, based at Marine Corps Air
Station Beaufort, S.C. The aircraft involved in Friday’s
strike returned safely to Enterprise.
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